I retired from the US Army about 5 years ago and this spring I graduate college with a teaching degree. The wife and I decided to start raising chickens, mainly to gather eggs for personal consumption. Although, we did decide to go with Bantam Silkies as a hobby. If everything goes great we are considering expanding and maybe start selling some of our chickens. So far we have, Rhode Island Red hens, Plymouth Rock hens, and Bantam Silkies both hens and rosters. I have no experience at all with hatching, but both the wife and I have both been raised on farms so we know a thing or two about chickens. On the other hand, my brother is very experienced in raising and hatching chickens with over 20 years experience.