I've been reading non-stop for a couple of days now and think I'm caught up, so time to pop in and say hi! A writer friend got chickens recently and she pointed me in the direction of BYC. I'm Marie Anne, retired Marine with two grown sons. I was born n raised in NH and although I've lived in a boatload of places, I'm halfway settled in south/central Ohio. I've had horses in the past and of course dogs and cats, but new to chickens. I live on about an acre in a rural area with cattle, sheep and farmland all around me. I haven't got my chickens yet, but will be working on the coop and pen this weekend so hopefully I'll be ready for them soon. I want eggs and didn't want to wait until spring to get chicks and then have to wait that much longer until they get to laying, but found a lady just up the road from me that raises several breeds and she has 6 Barred Rock/New Hampshire mix pullets she'll sell me. Might get a few eggs through the winter, but I know not to expect any, and will still be a nice winter project for me. That's me in a nut(egg?)shell. Glad to be here and know I'll be picking your brains as things get rolling around here.