Hi! My name is Nicole. I'm married and have a 7 yr old son that we homeschool. I live in Birmingham, Al. Yes - inside the city limits. I have been going through a bunch of changes this year. I have built a compost bin out of recyled pallets and I'm in the midst of digging up ground for our first ever garden. I think eventually we are going to buy some land somewhere and have a mini farm. We eventually want honey bees and we've been wanting some chickens for a while. My SIL has Buff Orpingtons and I have talked to several people that have some too. I think in the spring we will order some chicks with her from McMurray. In the meantime, seems that a friend of mine heard about some chickens that had been abandoned. Owner had gotten ill and moved, leaving cats in the house, a dog tied to a tree and quite a few chickens. My friend reported finding several dead chickens, others were flying from tree to tree. He caught several. At first I didn't want to take them because we don't have a coop built yet. My friend then explained that he had a cage large enough to work until we can get one built. So we decided to take a few hens, maybe a roo. We now have three chickens. I'm going tomorrow to get chicken wire to build a fence for them,scratch and feed. I've already fallen in love, or at least heavy like. I just sat and watched them this morning while they ate. I loved noticing the differences in each one. One of them has me a little stumped, though. I'm not sure if it's a hen or a rooster. I guess we'll see in a few weeks or months. I have already learned a lot on this website. I look forward to learning more and making some friends along the way on this new journey.