Hi All-- I'm new to this site and new to chickens so wanted to introduce myself. My name is Jamie, I'm located in Texas, transplanted from California 12 years ago. My first experience with chickens, other than eating them, began a couple of weeks ago with the building of our coop. We acquired 7 hens and 2 roosters last weekend and have just begun our learning experience. My questions/comments will entertain some of you and possibly irritate some--as I said, I am brand new at all of this. I have books coming to study, am spending time observing my little flock, reading info on sites like this one and getting advice from a trusted friend. So, I'm glad that this site is available to support each other and also to develop some friendships. Thanks for accepting me into your group.