Hi Everyone! I am finally going to take the plunge of posting and participating here. I've been around for several months reading as much as I can and drooling over all the wonderful coops in the coop section. I've been pondering and researching chickens for years, but this is going to be the year we finally do it! We've also been gleaning all the wisdom we can from some local friends of ours that have been raising and butchering chickens for a couple years. I am planning like crazy and dh is wondering how he is going to find time to build the chicken mansion and tractor(s) I have planned. LOL Somehow the plans and chick order keep getting bigger...I hear this a common ailment known as "chicken math". We are a homeschooling family of five from a small town in NE Ohio. Our kiddos are 14yob, 11yob, and 10yog. On the animal front, we presently have one older boxer dog and a very spunky kitten. In addition to our chickens, we plan to add a new boxer puppy to our crew this spring which we've been hoping to do since our faithful male white boxer passed away over a year ago. We are going to jump in with both feet in regard to the chickens. We'll be getting a batch of meat birds in April (still pondering the type and number-likely something other than Cornish X). Then we will be picking up our 15 layer pullets in early May. We've ordered 3 EE, 3 Black Australorp, 3 Welsummer, 3 Speckled Sussex, 2 SL Wyandotte, and 1 GL Wyandotte. Can't wait! Looking forward to getting to know everyone here as we begin this adventure!