Hi everyone. I am glad to be a part of this crazy chicken world. I am a first time chicken owner. I have raised all of my kids, (well mostly/are they ever raised?) now I'm raising chickens.My boyfriend and I have an odd way of getting started. Believe it or not, we had a stray chicken from the neighborhood come up to our old farm house that we are in the process of redoing. It was just at the first of this year. It was and easter egger/ameraucana not sure of all the differences yet. I had no idea that chickens were smart. I was raised in a small town and participated in 4H and around animals growing up. I am not particularly a huge dog or cat fan, but I figured out that I LOVE CHICKENS!!!!!This stray was, from what I know now, just getting into good laying age. Laying almost an egg a day. We had very cold tempatures late into spring. We named her Kitty and called her like calling a cat. She followed my boyfriend around the yard anytime he was outside. We kept her safe from critters at night and let her roam the yard during the day. One day, right after the weather broke, I guess her owners found her because we had footprints in the snow and Kitty was gone. It was amazing that I could become that attached to a chicken. Needless to say, that, before the end of March we had bought 6 baby chicks, 3days old. They are ow 9 weeks old. We have 2 RIR Reba and Ruby. 2 Gold lace Wyandotte Patsy and Loretta , and 2 Black Australorps Dolly and Dumplin. I have spoiled them rotten and I am completly obsessed with there chickens. I have so many questions. I am sorry for rambling I just wanted to say hello. I look forward to learning alot from everyone.