Hi Everyone! I'm Karen and we live in Amherst, NY which is a suburb of Buffalo. Our family consists of myself, my husband, our two young boys (ages 2 and 4), our 2 labrador retrievers, 3 cats, and now the chickens. I'm a stay-at-home mom and the kids and I love hanging out in the yard with our flock! We feel pretty strongly about eating local food, so chickens were a natural step for us since we already purchase our meat and (raw) milk from local farmers. We are pretty new to chickens - we purchased 6 day old chicks from a local Tractor Supply store on 3/12/11. We didn't know when we bought them what they'd turn out to be, but at 18 and a half weeks of age now, we have every reason to believe they are White Leghorns - they are a picture perfect match, BUT they lay brown eggs. Weird, right? But I can't find another breed that comes close to them. I found this site doing research before we purchased the chicks, and have found it to be a great resource! Aside from our backyard chickens, we enjoy heirloom vegetable gardening. I look forward to interacting with all of you on the boards!