Hi there! So, about a year ago I started scoping out what the laws were in my city regarding keeping chickens - interestingly enough they're pretty lenient other than how many you can have and how many feet they need to be from your neighbors houses. So yay! This started me down the path of "How?" Looked at a couple websites for into but really this one seems to have the most friendly and helpful people And really interesting articles regarding coops, and breeds. One of my major concerns is winters - we're in Iowa and they can be pretty nasty. But in reading some of the forum posts here I found that there are people living in Canada/Alaska who have chickens so it can be done. So, I've been researching what types of breeds work well in our climate - love Easter Eggers in that there is such a variety of colors (not to mention their colorful eggs), and I think Orpintons are really pretty too. So - no chickees yet. Hoping by spring we'll have the coop built and babies ordered. My husband and kids are on board and my excitement is spreading In the mean time, I'll have plenty to read up on here on this website.