Hi everyone! My name is Josh and I live in the central valley of California, basically dead center of the state. I just bought my first house and have been waiting quite a while to become a novice homesteader. I just ordered a few day old chicks from some of the last available hatches from hatcheries I found online. I also ordered some hatching eggs online for a couple chicken breeds I couldn't find hatched. However, I did buy a house at the end of season it seems and missed out on one of my top picks, the speckled sussex. I have a 3 year old and 1 year old, both boys. Becoming as self sufficient as I can be and being able to raise food responsibly and organically has been a goal of mine for a while and became even more important when I had my first kid. Unfortunately where I live, when you're renting there are many regulations and the management companies do frequent checks and write ups. In the most recent house I've been renting, they wouldn't even ok a few simple raised beds for planting in the backyard. After researching all about chickens, I am super excited to get started on this adventure! As soon as I find the correct forum board to chronicle my first attempt at hatching, I will create a thread.