Hello all. I have been reading many posts from your forum for months, so I decided it was time to join the fun! My husband, two children and I live on twenty acres in a rural area of central Louisiana. I still work full-time, but my husband is retired. We raise Nigerian Dwarf milk goats, and I make cheese and soap from the goat milk. We have always kept "just a few chickens" to provide us with tasty yard eggs (and years ago my now-grown daughters exhibited chickens, mostly for 4H). Recently we decided to add to our chicken population with pure breeds. Mainly our interest is in eggs, and we are fascinated with the colored-egg layers! We purchased a couple of Marans and Ameraucanas, and have Penedesenca, Salmon Faverolle and Light Brown Leghorn chicks ordered and on their way to us soon. So glad to be joining your site...very intertaining and informative!