I'm Margaret and I live in midcoast Maine. I got really interested in a more natural and self-sufficient lifestyle several months ago, and I've decided to take the plunge and start a chicken family! My family goes through countless eggs for baking, egg salad, breakfasts, etc., so this is the perfect opportunity for me. I might start raising some chickens for meat in the future, as well, but I want to make sure I've gotten the hang of the egg-layers before I learn to raise meat ones. I've had chickens on the brain constantly pretty much since I seriously considered raising them, and I'm going to start looking at materials for a coop tomorrow. Hopefully, by next week, I'll have bought some! At least working on a coop will stop me from lurking on forums like these and researching chickens all day! Anyway, nice to meet you all! I hope to talk to you all soon!