Hello everyone, I'm loli I grew up on our family dairy farm where we also raised many other animals including chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, guineas, etc. so I a have been around poultry a good part of my life but have yet to own my own flock. New baby chicks are scheduled to arrive in a couple of weeks, so that is about to change.. lol I've also been battling health issues for some time now, including an autoimmune allergy called EOE. I am extremely allergic to most antibiotics & even the smallest traces found in store bought eggs or meats cause serious consequences. So we have been spending a fortune buying antibiotic-free organic eggs & decided it's high time we raise our own. I had forgotten how much fun it is to have chickens, watching their antics, & bonding with the friendly ones. Teaching my kids about them & selecting the different breeds to order has brought back many fond memories... and the waiting... omg, I'm as anxious as the are kids for shipping day! I'm thrilled to be a part of this great community & the generously shared knowledge & experiences here!