Hi everyone! My name is Nicole. My husband and I bought our first house this past July and while the entirety of last summer was spent on much-needed home repairs and updates, THIS summer will be spent pursuing my passion of homesteading! We're starting off small with a 4'x8' raised vegetable garden bed and 7 baby chicks! We got our 7 Barred Rocks from a local feed store at the end of April. They are about 3 weeks old and so silly. (Pictures to follow!) We also got a new kitten on Valentine's day and he always wants to play with the little ladies, making it really hard to snap a photo hahaha My family had chickens when I was growing up (as well as turkeys and pigs) but this is our first adventure of having chickens as adults so I am (mostly) new to chicken ownership. I have visited this website many many times since we decided to get chickens and there is so much helpful information from everyone!! I just love all the different coop plans on here and I'm looking forward to posting ours since it's pretty much a hybrid of many coops posted on this site I can't wait to meet everyone and share our chicken adventures!