Just spent 10 min typing an intro... and computer decided to go out for coffee and eat it all! ::sigh:: The quick version - I am a homemaker in Virginia. Trying to raise 2 delinqent teenagers (one mine, other my BF's ward he took in). Both are special needs for emotional/conduct reasons. Good kids most of the time. Well... some of the time. Well... suffice it to say I have not yet decided to kill them. We already have 2 schipperkes, 1 moose that my BF swears is a dog and that literally eats us out of house and home (as in the walls, doors, carpeting, etc) if she does not get her prozac, a neurotic cat, and 3 psyhcotic and spoiled parrots. Oh... and about 40 large koi. So... I figured we need some chickens of course! We are currently chickenless... but planning away. I got the honey looking at coop plans I drew up for materials lists. I got my daughter looking at muppets (those darn silkies are just too cute!). I myself am researching some nice egg laying bantams. Currently I am considering Favorelles and Easter Eggs. In any case... "Hi all" from the funny farm and I look forward to any help you can all offer!