Hello friendly people. I've enjoyed this informative forum for a while. I found it while searching for an electrolyte dosage (they never put the equivalent for a small amount on the packages do they?) and have been hooked since. It all started with a box of banty chicks in the mail. I still have the picture from the day they arrived. That was over 20 years ago, the start of the obsession. Since then, we've always had a few, sometimes a lot. These days I keep about 4-5 dozen hens that free range in the afternoons, provide calico-colored eggs for our farmer's market booth, and entertain me all the time. We have a bench under the pines alongside the hen house & yard. The girls & I have coffee & scratch break together every day. We live in the Missouri Ozarks on a lovely little creek bottom farm of 90 acres & raise hay, honey, horses, cows, vegetables & kids. I've had chickens quite a while, so there are things I know, but there are more that I don't! I've learned SO MANY useful things from BYC members already, so I just wanted to say hello and thank you, thank you, thank you!