Hello all! I don't even know where to begin except to say that I was bitten by the chicken bug a couple of years ago, but at the time I was in an apartment in a town that does not allow urban chickens. Last year I spotted a house in my husband's home town with a quarter acre yard, put in a bid, won, and found out that chickens were allowed in town. I have been plotting ever since. I am currently in the research and book-reading phase, and I THINK I have a pretty good idea of what breeds I want to get, and how many chickens I want to have (to start with? I've heard about chicken math!) Originally I wanted to have chickens and coturnix quail but I'm also thinking that some bantam breeds might satisfy the need for small eggs as well. Would there be issues if I have bantam and regular chickens together? I'm looking at a total of (only) 6-8 birds so I want to have as much variety as I can get and still meet my needs for eggs Anyway, I'm having a blast reading all my books and daydreaming and plotting. Hopefully soon I will be on my way to building a coop and run. Happy to be here!