Hello all, I am new here and haven't had a chance to read any forums yet. I'm just giving a shout out to say Hi I have become interested in having some backyard chickens. I'm going to start a small garden this spring too. I want to do things naturally with no pesticides etc. I have a lot to learn! I'm also very interested in Heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruit trees, and grapes. I am also very interested in having heritage chickens. I'm not interested in showing them. I showed dogs for 25 years and am burned out on that! I have an old barn that i need to get reroofed before building the chicken coop part. So I will be posting pics and asking for advice on that when the time comes. I hope to have the coop finished by late spring, early summer. I'll do some reading on the breeds and will have lots of questions about too. I know I want a bird hearty enough for Missouri winters, sweet , can raise their young and give me eggs. I can't kill anything so my neighbor will have to help me cull . I am not a vegetarian but I can't do the butchering. I'll probably name them all, lol. My neighbor is going to get goats and is going to give me milk for my soap. Neither of us know what we are doing, lol. So anyway, Hi!!!!