Good Morning to all members of this unique forum. I would like to introduce myself and say that I am glad to be a new member. This is all quite interesting. I got into the chicken business last spring because of my grandchildren. We were at the local farm store and they faneggled me into getting them each a baby chick,which of course would be living with me. Well, needless to say I was hooked. Every time I went back to the farm store I was drawn to the baby chicks. The next chicken I bought was offered to me by the store manager for $1.00 as she was the only one left of her breed . Thus Layla (an Easter Egger ) was brought into the gang.What can I say, I felt sorry for her . From there I bought a few more bringing my flock to 12. I was then enticed by my grandson to visit the farm store again . Let's see if they have any more chickens left Grandma.. That is how I ended up with Salt (a white sultan silkie)and Pepper (a black cochin cockerel) . I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who is crazy about their birds. My children (all grown) say I have replaced them with the chickens. Well, I say there could be worse things. Looking forward to learning more and reading the information that everyone posts.