Hi,II live in the upper peninsula of Michigan and bought my first 10 chickens in November 2011 and have been acquiring more since. I at one time had over 80 birds (ducks, peacocks, chickens and turkeys). As a first timer to all this I have made some mistakes and am learning as I go (like don't put a pool in your coop for ducks.. that can make a mess and cause some serious illnesses). My birds are free range, they have a building to roost in that gets locked up at night for their safety and opened early in the morning for them to explore the world. We hatched some little babies last spring for our first time (well, our first time ended with only one survivor-long story short was babysitting a 3 year old that liked knobs, cranked up my incubator and cooked all my eggs, but one-she is our miracle). We tried a second time and was very successful out 24 eggs 20 were fertile and 17 hatched. So, because I am still learning I would like to be involved with people with more knowledge or maybe have the same questions as I do.