Hi! I am the matriarch of the Rogers Family, and we live in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains, near the heart of Hot Springs National Park. My husband, daughter, son, and I just bought our forever home over the summer of 2015. With our beautiful little home came an acre and a half of land, and one day soon, we hope to (alright, fine...*I*, heh) raise some chickens. I have an opportunity to hatch some chicks, because a friend's landlord wants to just give her some eggs. She's said they've all been candled and are growing. I'm excited and nervous. I don't know if I will even take the opportunity, yet. I DO NOT have a proper coop or even a fence. I do have a nice sized shed, but it's not rodent proof. Large rodent, I mean. I do not have an incubator. I've read about hatching them with a "homemade" incubator, but I don't think I'm that....ambitious....especially considering I've *never* hatched chickens before. I've had grown chickens (ahem, I bought them for my parents, as I was in college and obviously couldn't keep them in my dorm room). So I guess over the next little while, I'll think about whether or not I want to raise babies from eggs, and think about how to do it safely. I obviously don't want to take on babies if I can't give them a good, safe life, but I'm also excited about the prospect of starting my little farm. Nice to meet you all!