I am new to this forum but have had my own flock of chickens since 2000. I started raising chickens because I decided I wanted to be able to have my own eggs without having to drive to the grocery store and as a project for my two sons. As you can guess, it quickly became my project. I now have about thirty hens, Black Austrolorpes, Barred Rocks, a couple of Silkies from my original flock, and several game chickens. I also have about 75 free range chickens that live in the trees at the fenceline. I also raise miniature donkeys and the occasional calf for beef. I sell eggs when I can but have never had the guts to kill my own chickens, even though I have considered it. I have been told by a couple of people that this is a good forum. I hope I can learn a lot, and maybe shed some light for others.