Hi Everyone, I am From WI. I Have 36, 2 week old babies. I raised 24 broilers with much success, couple 4-5 years back. I have had a dozen girls for laying. Until "life" got in the way. Had to give them up. (To a good neighbor.) So these are my latest babies, I wanted Fancy pants girls. But we have a hatchery about an hour away ( but limited on variety) I didn't like the idea of shipping them so I went and picked them up. My chicks went peep...peep...peep.. All the way home.... lol. 25 of them are called "Special Blacks" They are a dual purpose brown egg layer. The other 15 are Leghorn white egg layers. they are fun, I have a special girl that jumps up on my arm when i do some spoiling with treats. she will sit on me and let me hold her. I have been doing a lot of research on feeding with whole grains, but I am more confused then ever! I am wanting to raise them on whole grains. But petrified I will do more damage than good. I am trying to keep in mind what they all eat outside naturally. I found out about you when researching whole grain feeding. I make handcrafted soaps, I make quilts then hand quilt them (have one on my frame waiting for me.), I knit, Crochet, general crafts, general building things (when the need arises). Which I need a bigger coop now. My other one is too small. Not much time to do that. I am always a year ahead and my hubby is a year behind so between us we should get her done on time. We do have 1 extra set of hands for the task and that is our daughter, she is 14 now. I am looking forward to meeting you all!