Hello to all - I am not a chicken owner yet, but hope to be soon. I am in the process of educating myself a little bit first and figure I'll learn alot from a forum filled with people who are already raising chickens! My hope is to have a few hens who can give me delicious fresh eggs and I plan to use their manure in my composting. I am not "certified organic" but do all my growing without the use of commercial pesticides or fertilizers. My husband and I are going to visit a couple of people nearby who already own chickens and see how they are doing things. I've subscribed to this forum and backyard poultry magazine and have a couple of books, so hopefully I won't be too much of a danger to the first set of chicks I bring home. Thank you to the people who started this forum and to everyone who participates in the discussions. I feel there is a wealth of knowledge right here at my fingertips.