Many of you have been members on this site for a long time but I see MANY posts in the "new member introduction" forum. Have you seen an increase in the number of new members or is it always this busy here? Great place to learn about raising birds as there is so much experience and knowledge among the members. Just wondering if chickens are becoming the "in" thing with all of the concern about where our food comes from? With the recent "bird flu" scare and the price of eggs in the store going to $6 a dozen, it makes sense to be a little less dependent on others to provide us with food. We have chickens, cattle and a large garden so are working toward being a little more self sufficient.