I've been reading the BYC forums for the last few days and had to join! Lots of good information here. I live in St. Louis County, MO and plan to get my first chicks next month. I'm so excited! I've been re-reading all the chicken books I have, and buying more, and perusing the web (that's how I ended up here). My b/f calls it obsession; I prefer to think of it as research. Since it's just the two of us, and we don't have a huge amount of space, I'm planning on just 3 hens. Going with Plymouth Rock, since brown eggs make me happy, and they are supposed to be hardy. Looking forward to learning and sharing here on BYC.