Hi, My wife and I are considering doing the Green Acres thing and buying a farm. We are going to have horses and most likely goats and we are considering raising chickens for fresh eggs. I came across this site and thought it would be a good place to talk with others who are raising chickens. I grew up in Southern Illinois and my wife grew up in Chicago. My grandmother had a farm with chickens and goats and next door to the house I grew up in a woman raised chickens. So, I've seen chickens, I've gathered eggs and thrown feed around their runs but that's about all our experience with the little feathered creatures. We have no farm now, we have no chickens and most of the farms we are looking at do not have a chicken coop or run. We obviously need a lot of information about what kind of chickens to get, where to even get chickens, what to feed them and how to keep them healthy. We are looking in McHenry County Illinois (west of Chicago and East of Rockford). That means there will be hot, humid summers and icy cold winters.