Hello everybody! I just wanted to ask a random question, so I think I'm in the right category here. How busy are you this year? Any new additions to your flock/herd? I am really exited to be getting day olds again. Isn't it so much fun to have little fluff balls running around at top speed? I haven't completely decided yet, but I am hoping to have 80-100 chickens this year. I already ordered 50 of them, (5 being silkies!) and once my brooders are empty in around 6 weeks I'll be ordering 30-50 broilers. I ordered: 25 Barred Plymouth Rock Pullets, 20 Buff Orpintons, straight run, and 5 Silkies. I'm almost hoping there are lots of roosters included with the BO's so I can buy 25 Cuckoo Marans. We'll see. Also, we are planning to buy a Jersey cow! We haven't quite decided when, but it will be very soon. I love to do research, and we have many friends who own a milk cow who are very willing to help us learn. I also have a friend who knows how to make cheese, so it'll be fun to learn from them. I was going to order some Turkeys, but I chickened out. (pun intended. ) My biggest problem is my friend wanted to add 5 Cuckoo Marans to my order, but they're on a huge waiting list. Also, my hatchery won't mix and match things, so I can't buy, say, 20 broilers and 5 Cuckoo Marans. I would have to buy 25 Cuckoo Marans and at least 25 broilers. Now THAT would be too many layers. In the building category, we're working on finishing our 1 cow barn. The framing and sheeting/sheathing is finished, now we need a metal roof and siding. The inside will be finished with good 1 side plywood, and on the first 3 feet above the floor there will be corrugated metal panels so we can clean it easily. Hope everybody's year is a great one with lots of animals!