Well I'm 32 live in west Mississippi and am a homesteader. Reintroduction. Well I've been a member here for a LONG time. Several years, eight or ten I think, ago before I even got my first box of chicks in the mail I came here for advice and guidance. And boy did I get it. My inital addiction become more of a hobby, and then just another animal that we keep. My flock had gotten down to four faithful old hens. Now don't get me wrong I love my old girls. They are an ancient dominique, she's seven years old, two buff orps and a commercial leghorn these are no less than four and five yeas old. They all STILL lay every day. I try to use a practical approach to chicken keeping. I take care of them yes, but don't baby them. I like something that is tough and doesn't need much help. BUT but, You know that chicken fever, I don't think it's ever really cured. The urge to get some tiny frilly showy bantams was strong. So I read a bit and decided on something a little more fancy. This year when I ordered an egg layer assortment package and 20 black langshans. I'm not trying to brag but think they're a handsome and healty lot.(really hope I don't jinx myself) I've enjoyed watching how the different breeds mature. The hamburg v. langshan is quite the contrast. My poor husband amid this heat and drought, has constructed a very large coop I like to call Fort Chicken, predators are quite the plague out here in the woods. The old hens are loving their new place and I'm letting them range a bit more. The babies are big enough to move. But think I'll avoid too much stress and wait until the weather is a little better.