Hello everyone, my name is Ruth. I live in sunny Queensland Australia. I've been a chicken enthusiast ever since I got my first chicken when I was 6 years old. I've been caring for chickens for 15 years now, and I'm currently looking into writing a new book on how novice backyard chicken owners can diagnose and treat their sick and injured chooks. I'm inspired to do this because we have very limited medical care for chickens over here in Australia. We only have a handful of avian specialists and they're few and far between. I had a very unique experience with our chickens when I was growing up. After a suspected break-in, all of our chooks since then slept in our laundry-in the house! Our house ended up becoming their house too, and they were a part of the family. I look forward to being on this site asking and answering all of your chookie questions. Til then, See ya later mate!