I have been fantasizing about keeping a couple of chickens for a few years now and started lurking here a couple of weeks ago when the opportunity came up for me to rehome 3 chickens to my backyard (legal limit). I have a small home daycare and one of the daycare families was moving where they couldn't keep their chickens so I adopted them and bartered some daycare hours for their coop! There was an article in the local paper about backyard chickens in the area and it mentioned this site just a week before I acquired my girls, so I started lurking and learning! So far I am loving having the chickens in the backyard, love that they eat the food that the kids would otherwise waste AND give me yummy eggs in return! The kids love standing at the fence and calling the chickens and my daughter is convinced that there are going to be little baby chicks hatching in our fridge! I am officially addicted to the forum and decided to join... it was the recipe section that was the real clincher! Gonna have to fix up an incubator soon and try hatching a couple more just so the kids can watch the whole process!