Hi am am a 29 yr old mom to 5 wonderful kiddos and wifey to one great guy. For years I've wanted to go the natural route, no pesticides, organic whenever I can get it. With 5 kiddos its expensive! So hopefully in the next year or so we'll be buying some rural property and carving out our own spot in the world. Complete with CHICKENS. My stepson V made me think chickens weren't a bad idea. We went to a comapny picnic and there was a petting farm with the most beautiful itty bitty black sliky banties. I knew enough about chickens to know they were banties, but I wasn't sure what kind. My kids stayed in the petting farm the whole time we were there, playing with those banties, a few geese, a couple ducks. And a Buff Orpington. ( I did not know what kind of chicken that was, just that it was a beautiful, plump stately bird that did not object to my kids cudling her.) When we left V asked about having chickens and I said we'd look into it. Imagine my surprise to find you can't even keep a hen in the city limits. So to the country we go. We've decided to order some Delawares and a few Orpingtons from Murray McMurray along with a few of those black silky banties. And a "surprise" here and there. My daughter, the 9 yr odl expert 4 her is in heaven with this. She helped me pick them out.