Hello - I do not yet own chickens, but I can't wait! I love this site so much! I hope you guys never get sick of hearing that from new members. Your insight and experience, along with your willingness to share that wealth of information is fantastic! I'm in my fifties now, but when I was 11 years old, I came home from school one afternoon to find 20 Rhode Island Reds in an old chicken coop that was already on the property when we moved in a few years before. It was a complete surprise and then he told me they were mine to take care of! I had never even been around a chicken before. And I fell in love immediately. For me it was an unhappy ending, because, never having been around a farm of any type, I had no idea that he planned on having the girls butchered, when they stopped laying. I named them all, carried them around the yard, etc..... So the end, a few years later, was horrible. Now, my husband and I are planning on keeping chickens, starting this fall. He is insisting on building a coop, himself and we will look into buying some pullets, I think, at that time. There will be no meat birds and we fully plan to let our girls live out there full lives with us. The eggs will be a plus, but I mostly just want to interact with them. (We also plan to have a few goats and ducks, eventually.) Thanks again for adding me to this awesome site and I look forward to interacting with all of you, as well and my chickens, when I get them. For now, I'll continue to soak up all the knowledge I can, so I can be an awesome chicken Mom. BTW, I live in north central Massachusetts, but we will be making the move to northern Maine in a few years - we have some land and a cabin there and plan to build ourselves a little homestead.