Hi! I am so excited to have joined this site. I can't wait to get advice from experienced people such as yourselves. I am living in California and I will probably move to the East coast before I get any birds, which probably won't be for a few years... Right now, I am trying to do as much research and planning as possible because I have the time. I have always wanted to have a small farm with chickens, but my experience is limited to say the least. That is why I am trying to learn as much as possible. That is also why I joined this site. I have many specific questions and the people on YahooAnswers! just aren't qualified enough to help me. I am also excited by the prospect of getting multiple answers. For now, this is how much planning I have done, but my research is much more extensive: I plan to use Wellsummers for eggs and Sussex, Wyandottes, and Orpingtons for meat. Since I don't want my eggs to be fertile, I am going to keep the Wellsummer hens separate from the other hens and cocks. I also plan to have the Sussex, Wyandottes, and Orpingtons brood and raise their own chicks. I also plan to have my meat birds be free-range. But, I will also give my Wellsummers plenty of space to roam and forage. This is an incomplete, and most likely flawed, plan. But, that is why I joined this site. I can't wait to see what all of you have to say!