Hey, there. I have be skulking around Backyard Chickens for over a year, but I figured that it was finally time to man up and join. I think I have always been interested in having chickens ever since my grandma had me collect eggs from her coop one time when I was little. I asked my mom that day if we could get chickens, but it was a flat out "no". My husband grew up with meat chickens and the occasional goose. So I guess we both had a desire to get chickens and when my daughter started showing interest, we got our first four hens--Easter Eggers. Unfortunately, I had misunderstood the city ordinances, so they only lasted a few months. However, it sparked a voracious hunger in my daughter for all things chicken (except for eating them). She has a chicken breeds book that she received for a birthday a couple of years back that is falling to pieces. She desperately wanted to move to the country so she could have chickens (she's decided that her life long calling is to be a chicken breeder) and last summer we finally did it. Since then, we have added bantam Dominiques, D'uccles, Jersey Giants, Australorps, Welsummers, and Favorelles along with two call ducks for my son and a Wyandotte roo that we were gifted.. We also tried meat chickens this summer for the fair and also showed several of our layers. Our poultry stock numbers somewhere around 25 currently. Most of my poultry knowledge comes from my daughter, but I am continuing to take time on my own to research. We are looking to breed our bantam dominiques next spring because my daughter is big on breed conservation. I am learning a lot and hope to continue to learn more from this site.