Hello Everyone! I am new to this forum after spending about a week or so browsing the forums here. Everyone seems so knowledgeable and friendly here! I don't currently have chickens but I do have a life plan and part of it includes chickens. In the meanwhile I am learning and dreaming. My dream is a house on an acre. This house will be modest and include a garden, some trees, chickens and maybe some goats. I already have a cat and a dog is also in the mix somewhere. I am betting one of my children will bring home a stray at some point and we would love to be a happy home for him or her. The cat will probably disagree for a while but she will come around eventually. I am also considering getting the chickens first and then a puppy to grow up with them, especially as I would like them to be free range and out in the Sonoran desert a chicken guarding dog will become a necessity. I have read a lot on the composting coop floors and read everything I can on it as well as building a coop and, well, everything else. If nothing else I will certainly be prepared! (How do you get the smilies in here?) I am looking forward to the conversations ahead and getting to know everyone better.