Hello everyone! I'm totally new to the whole 'chicken thing'... I'm SO new, I don't even have chickens yet! We are going to start building a coop & tractor soon. I mostly want to keep chickens for eggs but may branch out into meat chickens at a later day... I really have some of what I call 'childhood chicken trauma' from seeing my Gran feeding, then seconds later, killing the chickens for dinner.... I was THREE!! We also had a rooster that LOVED to flog children..... Needless to say I have only ever had chickens that have been in freezer wrap..... But last year my husband started buying some free range eggs... and I began to ferment the idea of keeping chickens... Maybe it will be therapy of a sort for me! So basically I have decided to join here so I can learn as much as possible BEFORE I start buying chickens... hmmm A little more about me, I'm 34, married 15 years in May and have no kids of my own but two nephews and a niece that I totally adore! I also have three horses (!) two dogs, two cats and a Nubian/Boer goat that thinks I'm Queen Nanny. We have always tried to be healthy and such, but have recently decided to try to be more self-sufficient and raise more of our own food. We've done gardens off and on for several years as time had permitted with our jobs. I hope to do more and more of this!! Well I've rambled on a bit but that is me! lol I am really looking forward to reading and learning here, it seems a VERY active forum with friendly people.