Hey folks. I've considered raising chickens for a while but never really got around to it. I'd done a lot of research, including lurking here for a while and knew what I wanted to do (size of my flock, breeds, et cetera) and it always ended up on my back burner. At some point though, two hens wandered over to my property, presumably from a neighbor's yard. I let them roam around for a bit and munch on the plentiful bugs on the property here. After a few days, I noticed they hadn't left. So I posted a flier at my local store (small town) about "found chickens" and asked some of my neighbors. None of them had missing chickens, even ones they'd written off to predators. I got no replies from the flier. So, without trying, I got some chickens of my very own! Even more spectacularly, they're Buff Orpingtons, which is what I was planning on starting with anyway. I just got my first bag of feed for them and as silly and simple as it is, I'm very excited now. Come spring, I plan to expand my flock but I'll let these gals plod around for a little and do more research. They're not laying so I treat them more as pets than producers and I have a lot of fun watching them.