I came across BYC when I was looking for information regarding a strange behavior in one of my hens. As I was looking through the forums and all, I realized that this was the place for me! I love all animals but as a kid my mother got a bunch of chickens and a rooster and it was my job to collect the eggs and clean the coop. I HATED those birds!! I thought they were the meanest, smelliest bunch of feathers and I vowed that I would never have chickens. Now here I am worried and babying over a dozen of them! I now think of them as members of the family and most of them have names. We have had our chickens for almost 18 months now and I get enough eggs in one week to take several dozen down to my local nursery/feed store and sell them to the employees there every Saturday morning. The chickens are paying for themselves!