Hello everyone I am totally new to raising chickens. I am starting the building of a coop this weekend (thank you BYC for ideas/plans) and plan to acquire 4 hens in a few weeks. I went to the larger local feed store to inquire about where to buy chickens and the nice man there told me I had several options-the store has chicks in March, farmers market has people who sell them and his son raises chickens -told me where he lives and it's less than two miles from me. I stopped by and met his son and his wife and arranged to come back in a couple weeks to purchase some hens. I am very excited. The young man had several breeds and seemed quite knowledgable. I have only lived in the "country" since hurricane Katrina- but I am looking forward to this new adventure. I hope to meet new friends and learn from more experienced chicken enthusiasts. This website has been extremely helpful so far-thanks.