I just joined because 2014 will be the year I start raising chickens. I have 5 acres near the FL/AL border and have focused my first few years in getting vegetables, fruit, nuts and herbs planted, productive and preserved. Now that there isn't a lot of new work to do there, I'm moving into animal raising, starting with chickens. I still have a lot to learn but will likely purchase some birds come spring. I will probably lurk for a while, reading posts but I'm positive there will be lots of questions as I get closer to C Day!