Hey everybody, been lurking a while & thought I'd be polite and say "hey." I'm kind of new to the chicken-raising life. We got ourselves four Dominique ("Dominicker" around here) pullets about a month ago, and they're doing great. I spent the last year or so building a good yard and am finishing work on the coop while the girls grow up in our patio. The wife was very hesitant about getting chickens at first, so instead of arguing with her I just went on ahead and started buying supplies on the side, a little at a time. By the time I'd gotten the yard finished, she was mildly interested, and with the arrival of the chicks, she and my 5-year old daughter have had a great time getting to know them. Getting chickens means I've gone outlaw, as we are in a town that prohibits raising livestock. (Even here, in south Mississippi!) But we are in a heavily wooded area, with a fairly large lot (1.65 acres), so nobody is too close and our neighbors keep to themselves anyway. We'll see how it goes. Given all the uncertainty in the world these days, I feel getting chickens (for eggs at least) is a necessary part of building a lifestyle less dependent on the grocery store. Hopefully we'll have enough eggs to be able to give some away later, especially if our current stealth flock does well and we can add a few more hens next year. Anyhow, good to be here with y'all, and hope I can add something useful, as much as I've already taken away. Cheers!