Hi, I thought I had started an account before, but could not find any of my old info, so I may have just been a stalker... Anyhoo, I just got into chickens last year, I had told my hubby I wanted to have a few eggies and that I wanted to raise my own meaties as well. I really like the idea of knowing what I am eating and where it came from. So our first foray went well - we actually butchered our first 50 chickens ourselves- whew. We sent the next 25 to the Amish because we wanted them whole, and I was NOT plucking. So at this point I have 4 layers (3 Easter eggers and a red hen from the neighbors - not sure of breed) and an EE rooster who was supposed to be a hen - we have him separate from the hens... My girls have been on strike as far as egg laying goes, but Betty has just started up again - she is laying one pretty blue egg every other day. I am very nervous about the cold snap we have coming up and will be headed to the FAQs to get some info on keeping my cluckclucks safe.