i finally registered after lurking for about a month! ya'll seem like such great peeps that i just had to join ya! i have found so much useful info i here. i have only been into chickens for alittle over 6 months. i got my 1st egg on oct.20th. i raise rir, br, black aus.,btw jap bantams, oegb,& my dw has about 40 guineas. we also have dogs,cats,fish,rabbits & a goat. thanks to all ya'll for all the useful info.