Hello all... I have been lurking for a while while I try to learn as much as I possibly can about this crazy obsession my Significant Other and I have gotten ourselves into! I have wanted chickens for years, his family had laying hens growing up. This past spring we were lucky enough to get a small group from a school project that didn't have a home. I had spent the last year buying any books I could use to learn from and the same with magazines with articles on chicken care and upkeep. Although I was pretty well prepared to handle the basics of their care I don't think either of us had really expected just how darn much enjoyment we would be getting out of our group! Chicken math has since set in and we got another few from a lady who was selling some adult birds of also unknown lineage so we are now at 15, with 4 being roos. We now also have a little Silkie (mix I think) who is determined to be broody and we are going to need to get the poor little girl some eggs since she won't give up! We have been incredibly lucky with a group of birds who have been very healthy so far, and now have a nicely balanced group with a few very friendly hens and some nice roos, one of whom is pictured on my profile page and as of now (he is 9 months) is very friendly and easily held and allows us to do anything without fuss. I am very thankful that our start into the chicken keeping world has been so positive. I have enjoyed so many of the threads I've read on here, and have found many hours and hours worth of incredible reading/learning to be had about all things (good and bad) in the world of chicken keeping. I am looking forward to having many more good learning experiences here as we continue our journey into this (hopefully) more self sufficient time for us. I am also looking forward to having a lot of fun along the way!