New here and thinking - well have pretty much decided - to get chickens. Here's the answers to the into questions (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? Very new. Looking to build coop (brooder) and order some soon! (2) How many chickens do you have right now? Zero - will be getting about 8-12 maybe. (3) What breeds do you have? Open to suggestions, but looking to get Wyandottes, Buff Orpingtons and the wife wants some Polish for the looks. (4) What are your favorite aspects of raising backyard chickens? A few. One is for the fresh eggs, two for the kiddo (who is 23 months old) who loves chickens and goats, another for the free ranging in the vineyard - both fertilizer and pest removal. Another reason was for meat, but I am thinking that won't happen now (would be interested to hear from those who have dual purpose though). (5) What are some of your other hobbies? hobbies have been limited with the young one. (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. Live on about 10 acres, we have one daughter, a small indoor dog and an old garage cat. Wife is a nurse and I am an electrician by trade. (7) Bonus: How did you find BYC, how long have you known about BYC, and what made you finally join our awesome community? stumbled across the site a year or two ago when I was first thinking of raising chickens. I have looked at a lot of coops and such on here and now wife has agreed to the chickens if I can build the coop cheap with recycled materials from around the house or from friends.