Hi everyone! Let's see... I have read one book on chickens, and a bunch of web pages, but have never owned one/am a total noob. Years ago I lived in a house that had a chicken coop (made from a camper shell) in the yard, but I never got any chickens. Then I moved into an apartment near Dallas and chickens were quite far from my mind. In February I moved into a very old house about 13 miles from Sherman and Denison in Grayson county. It's "in town" (half a mile from city hall) in a town of under 1400 people...and behind my back yard there's a fenced .5 acre yard with some "agricultural" buildings including a chicken coop and fenced run of maybe 10'x45'. The coop needs some work but nowadays I'm a bit more into self-sufficiency and natural foods so the idea of raising chickens, rabbits, or the like is very interesting. It has me thinking. Not sure i'll actually take the plunge, and if I do I'm not sure I'll reuse any of what's already on the property, but it's very tempting/intriguing. My main concerns are workload (I work a full time office job and the hours aren't always flexible) and the fact that I'm a total city boy by upbringing so it's a huge learning curve...which is what brings me here...learning.