Hi I am new to Back Yard Chickens. I did come to the site to check out different kinds of chickens and to get info on their care in the past but had not joined. Back in May I purchased 6 Barred Rock Pullets. I grew up on a small farm and want the life but where we live we are not allowed farm animals. Chickens seem to be fine as long as you don't get out of hand with them. Wow that is so easy to do. I love chickens. I have become addicted to them. I will be getting 6 more next spring. Right now my husband is building a 10x10 shed that we are turning into a Hen house. part will be the house for them and part will be storage for their food, straw, and my garden equipment. I will post pics soon. Right now they have a small coop and a small yard and I let them free range my yard in the evenings. We have a bloodhound that loves to eat chicken and he loves to tease my hens. So we have to keep him in the house when they are out of their yard. I am a Mom, Grandma, wife and woman that just loves chickens and all animals. We live just outside of Rockford IL. and I mean just outside of it. like a half block. lol I love to crochet, cook, camp, ATV ride and love to be in the outdoors. I forgot to mention that my ladies are being organically fed.