Hi there! I'm a rank beginner and starry-eyed wanna-be chicken keeper! I've just ordered my first chickens from Ideal Hatchery (7EE's and 7 Buff Orps) and they are due to ship on January 9! I've been reading the forums here for a few weeks, trying to glean wisdom from the sage advice of those of you who have been there and done that. I live on a small, just-getting-started farm in North Georgia. We've got chickens on the way, miniature dairy goats coming in early Spring, and a houseful of cats, dog, cockatiels, and small children already in residence. Great to meet you all, and thank you for being here and being friendly!