Hello all! I am a mother, wife, and "mom" to several fur-babies (a draft-cross, a collie, a rescue pomeranian, a rescue kitty, and now four little chicks). I have an Animal Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, but our primary focus was dairy cattle and production animal agriculture in general, so I don't know much about raising backyard chickens! We live in a very small town (pop 3000), on a big corner lot, backing up to farm fields and bluffs. We only have one neighbor sharing our lot line, and he's very animal-friendly, so I'm hoping to let our girls free-range a bit under supervision. We'll see when we get there!