So I've been wanting to get chickens (as pets and for fresh eggs) - go figure. I confirmed that they're legal where I live, and about a week ago I put the finishing touches on a coop modeled after a lovely one I found on this site. I've also found a vet in my area who will see birds. I still don't feel confident about getting started though. Truth be told, my closest experience with chickens is lurking on this website. I've never known anyone IRL who had chickens, and in fact I've never even touched a live bird before. Among other things, I'm really lost about how to find a reputable/ethical breeder. So how did you get started with chickens - did most people here grow up with chickens? Did you have a chicken 'mentor'? Or how did you manage to figure chicken care out on your own? Seems like there's a lot of good info out there for people who somewhat know what they're doing, but less for complete novices. Thanks for listening.