Hi Everyone. I've been on the site a lot prior to joining. I picked up a great deal of valuable information and want to say thanks for your contributions! My husband and I inherited a coop and small flock (5 hens plus 1 roo) from the prior owners of my home with no information about their breed, ages, etc. It was a learning experience and not all of it good. The first summer, we were reveling about our turnkey egg farm from our free ranging flock. Then, several members got coccidiosis. At the time, we didn't even know what that was! I learned a lot on this site very quickly. The former owners told us they always left the coop open and had never had any predation problems. We lost 2 hens to a predator who used the coop as a late night drive through. Needless to say, we started locking the flock up at night. But we still had to trap the predator. We succeeded in catching him and it was a skunk. Take a moment to think about how one removes a skunk from a live trap in an area where you are not allowed to use a firearm! Now that it's ancient history, I can laugh about it... Since then, we've incubated and brooded our own "barnyard blend" eggs with good success and lots of fun! This spring, I have some cream legbars coming it to expand our flock and we're thinking about building a new coop! I'm looking forward to sharing chicken husbandry knowledge and experiences with all of you.