I'm a twenty-seven year-old female. Full-time college student and receptionist. I only mention this, because maybe it is the fact that I study computers and am so entrenched in technology all the time that I have started thinking about shaking things up where I live. I love technology and hope to excel in it professionally, but maybe a change of scenery concerning where I live might bring some balance to my life? It started with a square-foot garden. Now I have three large gardens that I adore. Then, a small flock of chickens in my backyard in the suburbs... but I can't stop. The more research I do and the more ideas that I play with, the more I just want to save up for a decent piece of land nearby where I can keep a larger flock of chickens (and a ROOSTER), four or five meat hogs, a couple meat goats (and never have to mow my lawn-haha), and a dog to watch over it all... I was raised on a small farm (my parents had pigs and chickens), but I have spent the past eight years or so happily in the city. For whatever reason, my desire for a change in lifestyle has become extreme. I think about it often, researching everything from various cattle breeds to how to make your own goat cheese to BEE-KEEPING. Yeah, it's getting crazy... Not sure if this is just a "phase", or perhaps, truly discovering the kind of lifestyle that would make me happiest. It would be a "hobby farm"....or, just one for my personal enjoyment/use/sustainability. I still have other interests that I want to pursue professionally, as stated above. So, is this just a bunch of silliness or does this actually sound like a reasonable goal that I should more seriously begin to plan out? As far as the chickens... I have six EE babies at home. They're doing great. I would, eventually, love to be located in a place where I could add four or five more. I've been researching various chicken breeds and have a few that I would like to try: Black Marans, Cream Legbars, Ameraucanas... I grew up taking care of brown egg layers, so I think I'm just curious about mixing it up with some different shades of eggs, is all. At the end of the day, I still enjoy chickens and FRESH eggs, no matter the color. I just think it would be fun. Sorry for rambling... I'm just excited. THANKS FOR LISTENING! I would love to hear about your own personal experiences, small farms, etc. Tell me your story!