Hi, I'm a new member! Glad to be a member, it looks like this site will be a valuable resource to me! I haven't had chickens in over fifteen years and I'm so excited to have them again. I used to raise about 200 chickens a year (light brahmans sp?) when I was in high school for a 4-h project and my family would harvest the majority and keep a flock of hens until the next year as layers. My significant other finally caved this spring and built a nice lean-to onto a stand- alone one stall garage and I got my ancient metal nest unit from my sister and I'm in business. I currently have fifteen hens, five are year old layers, probably Rhode island Red crosses, and the rest are eggs I hatched from eggs given to me by a friend - Americanas I believe, possibly some barred rock mix in there too. They should start laying in August or early September. As far as other hobbies - we live on a small farm that's been in the family for several generations. I'm a big flower and veggie gardener, and I also raise and show registered Boer goats. I'm full to brimming with goat information so if anyone has questions or needs help with goat issues feel free to ask me. If I don't know the answer, "I have people." I'm already thinking about finding some replacements for my older hens that were given to me, I'm interested in standard size and thinking about Wyandottes - I admit it, I want eggs, but mostly I want a beautiful, colorful flock of hens to decorate my yard.