Hello everyone. I wanted to introduce myself since I am new to the BYC. Very excited to become a member and hope to gain a great deal of knowledge about BYC!! I have lived in the city all my life and have retired and moved to the country! I live in Georgia where the weather is pretty nice most of the time. At least it is warm more than cold! What a beautiful place with the wide open spaces with beautiful sunrises and sunsets that I am able to see from my home in the country. No longer have buildings everywhere blocking nature at it's best!! So, first, I am obviously interested in raising chickens now and have lots of questions! I of course want them for the eggs, but would like to have them as sorta of pets as well. I have been researching a great deal and it appears the Rhode Island Reds would fit what I am looking for. Any other suggestions? I really have no desire to have roosters unless someone can tell me a good reason to have them. I have also been into Straw Bale gardening and understand that chicken poo is great for the gardens. I am so looking forward to this new adventure and hope to meet up with some of you online and exchange ideas and get much needed information. So look forward to hearing from any of you who would like to chat sometime online.