Hello Everyone! I'm Mel and live in the mountains of Western MA. Still waiting for Spring to get here officially but at least the snow is finally starting to melt. :\ I'm still in the preliminary stages of getting chickens. I haven't gotten my chicks yet but I wanted to learn as much as I can first before I purchased them. I live on a property with a great coop already, so I'm set with that. Just need to fix the roost a bit and work out the outside fencing. I'm looking to use the chickens for eggs only, hoping to get some easter eggers and an olive egger. A friend of mine told me about this forum and I'm so happy she did! I've learned so much so far! As far as hobbies go, I like to hike with my dog, lift weights and am a major foodie I'm a pastry chef and my husband is studying to be a nurse. We have one dog who is absolutely amazing and our housemates have two cats. I'm looking forward to learning more from you all! Thank you for all the information so far!