I have just joined this forum and I wanted to introduce myself and say what a great place this seems to be! I don't have my chickens yet, but we're in the beginning stages of planning for them, so I wanted to do it right. Looks like coming here was the right first step! What a wealth of information! I'll be weeks just reading! My husband, myself (Carla), 4 dogs and 3 cats live on a small property in the Southwest US and we're very interested in having a backyard chicken operation. I have a lot of questions, some of which have been answered already. Just wanted to say hello and I'll be talking with you all soon!