Hi everyone. I have been lurking for the last year but trying to resist committing to chickens. Well, we had to go get hay for the rabbits (Beverens and minirexes) and the feedstore had the cutest barred rock chicks so we went home with 6 of them on Saturday. They are doing great, growing and we are all enjoying them. That is when the addiction kicked in. My husband said, you should get a few more, 6 chickens isn't many on 3 acres. So, I am waiting for the eggs I ordered to arrive, should be today. I ordered Swedish Flowering Hen eggs, American Bresse eggs and Salmon Faverolle eggs. I am hoping for a 50% hatch rate. I think that is probably realistic, hoping it is anyway. When it warms up in the next couple weeks we have to build coops and runs. We are still deciding where to locate them. Don't want them too close to the house but not so far that it is really inconvenient when it is snowy or cold/windy out. I am excited to be part of this great group of people and look forward to getting to know all of you.