I've noticed other newbies posting under this section so I thought I'd say hi here too. I seem to have caught the chicken bug (after telling my family last year that I'll never have chickens, don't ask me why I said that.) Last spring I bought my first ducks because I had this pond and always thought ducks would look nice on it. (For some bizarre reason it took me 7 years to actually do it.) I even managed to train my labradors to leave them alone. Now, after deciding keeping poultry through the winter isn't so bad I've decided to raise chickens because I like to eat chicken and I've been reading all these horror stories of commercial birds. Ewwww. At first I was only going to get a few meat birds and have the local Amish butcher them, then thought why not get a few egg layers, too. So now I plan to get about 30 birds and have even roped DH (Hal) into building me a hen house. (He'd already agreed to a duck house.) So hopefully, it will soon be me, Hal, my 5 ducks, 2 dogs and a bunch of chickens hanging out here in my swamp communing together. I'm even planning a few more ducks just because I like them so much. I've learned a heck of a lot on this website so far, you guys are great!