When my wife first mentioned chickens, I wasn't totally on board. We had them when I was a kid, but for eggs or my mom's pets. Each one eventually met a horrible end to one predator or another. We've become more conscious about our food choices, so we talked about meat chickens. The Internet led me here and the next thing I know I'm learning about hardware cloth, chicken breeds, etc. I repurposed part of a pole building into a coop and built a run. When that was done, I drove to Cackle Hatchery in Lebanon, MO to pick up my birds. I raised these critters for ten and a half weeks finally doing the deed today. I never would have been able to do any of it if it were not for collective wisdom and experience that is on this site. Thank you all who have contributed!