Hi everyone, I'm a newcomer to keeping chickens, though I've had the desire to do so for a long time. I'm looking forward to being a member here, and a brief read of the message boards shows me that I'm in the right place. At present, my assets include 2.5 acres of partly wooded property just outside of Springfield, Ohio, access to scrap lumber and, most importantly, a very tolerant spouse who is willing to indulge me. I'll be posting questions and providing my experience as I get started, and would be pleased to hear from others who might like to provide advice, or to let me know that they're in my area. Looking forward to it all!