Hi, I'm Laura. I live in northern Illinois. (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? Yes, I don't have any yet. I'm a wannabe chicken mama (2) How many chickens do you have right now? None yet, hoping for 3 or 4 (3) What breeds do you have? Still trying to select a breed that I'd like but I'm looking at Delaware because I've read they are good layers and quiet. (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? I was just Googling backyard chickens to get some info and learn and came across this site (5) What are some of your other hobbies? Sewing, cooking, (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. I'm a homeschooling mom to 6 kids, wife to one great guy. We live in a subdivision now but hope to buy a small farm in the near future. I'm hoping to learn lots from all of you here and be able to contribute to knowledge someday.