Hi, I'm Dianne. I have Shiloh Shepherd dogs, hence the call name "Shiloh Di". I kept meat birds two years ago and loved having the chickens. It was a learning year. I do not currently have any chickens, but I am ordering meat birds and layers for later this spring. I recently graduated with my B.Sc. in Food and Nutrition and am in the process of acquiring my Registered Dietitian designation. I have a passion for good, fresh, local food. I have a 17-year-old daughter, who has special needs. She has been insisting on getting pet chickens. A friend offered me two older laying hens that were slated to be culled from the flock. I thought my daughter would be excited. Nope!!! She wants hens that lay eggs!!! So the two of us are embarking on our latest adventure by acquiring laying hens and modifying our coop to house both types of birds. I came across Backyard Chickens two years ago when I started researching keeping meat birds. I know I will be reading the information here thoroughly because there is a long list of what I don't know about chickens!