Hello! I've followed this site for a little while but am only now joining the forums... it was that warning about them being "addictive" that scared me off for a bit. I was raised in a suburb with no chicken or garden experience until about 8 years ago. I got books, advice from friends and strangers, and embarked on organic gardening, chicken raising, seed saving, canning, and other homesteady things. Currently we have around 25 laying hens and 2 roosters. We have Ameraucanas, Australorps, Light Brahmas, Silver-Laced Wyandottes, Buff Orpingtons, and New Hampshire Reds. My husband works from home and I teach writing and lit part-time at a local university, and do volunteer literacy work. We've got four children between the ages of 9 and 4 and we homeschool them because it's fun. Life is good, and I'm grateful. It's nice to join you!