Hello everyone. I'm PJ from the KC area. I don't have any chickens yet BUT... As a little girl growing up my parents had alot of back yard chickens. I remember gathering eggs from the barn coop and all over the garden area during the summers. My parents raised chickens for eggs and meat. My Mom loved the bantie breeds and kept several of those for pets. We had this Rhode Island Red hen that wouldn't lay eggs and my Dad was ready to make chicken noodle soup out of her. She was by far my favorite hen and I wouldn't let him make her dinner. By my early teenage years (for whatever reason) my parents no longer kept chickens. As an adult... I've always wanted to raise chickens of my own. So here I am... 35 years old and we are getting ready to move to the country and my husband has agreed to let me buy my very first flock. But I don't really know that much about raising chickens. I'm hoping this site will help me get started wisely. I'm the mother to 6 children (3 girls and 3 boys) We also have 2 Australian shepherds, an Australian cattle dog, and 4 large fish aquariums with various types of fish (my favorites are the African cichlids). Oh and a goldfish pond in the backyard.