Hello: My wife and I just relocated to south central Kansas from Wyoming last year. I retired after 30 years as a biology teacher. My wife works in the neighboring town as its Planning Director. We bought a small, 7 acre hobby farm. We've always wanted to keep chickens. In March, we started raising a small flock of chickens. A couple of dozen hens and one rooster. Four breeds: SL Wyandottes, B Orpingtons, RI Reds, and Ameraucanas. They just turned 18 weeks old yesterday (8-23-14). We started free ranging them three weeks ago. I bought a small shed and converted it into a hen house and built a connecting 30' x 12' welded wire enclosed and roofed outdoor pen. We are really enjoying our chickens and are continuing to learn about them every day. I've kept a variety of animals most of my life but am just beginning to learn about keeping chickens. They've been really fun so far. We have been researching and reading things from the BYC site for a while now and am looking forward to joining and becoming part of this forum community.