Hello everyone! I am very excited to be here to learn about my soon to be new additions! I have been actively reading as much as I can on BYC for the past few days, so I thought it was about time to sign up and join the fun. I don't have any chickens at the moment, but will be getting some soon from a friend of mine - she is the one who told me to check out BYC! I am in the process of building a coop and can't thank everyone enough for all of the wonderful pictures and ideas in the coops section. I live in the country and have plenty of space, so I'm looking at starting with about 10-12 birds - the list right now consists of: Golden Seabright Bantams, Australorps, Easter Eggers, Americaunas, Tolblunt Polish and Maran. In addition to being addicted to chickens (and they aren't even here yet...) I love to read, and train and compete in dog sports with my dogs. I currently own a German Shepherd, 3 Belgian Malinois, and a Chihuahua - we train and compete in IPO, Agility, Dock Diving, Obedience, Barn Hunt, and soon to add Frisbee and Weight Pull. I own my own Dog Training and Pet Sitting business and also volunteer with local rescue, so animals are pretty much my life I am fascinated with animal learning/cognition, body conditioning and nutrition - I can't wait to get my chickens and spoil them with the rest of my gang!