hi! if it isn't obvious, i'm new here. i've lurked for a while, but finally gave in and decided to join up. forgive me in advance for the possibility of initial awkwardness and introversion... it's something i can't help when feeling intimidated. i normally go by Nan. i'm a 21 year old, five foot even tomboy, weighing in at about 110 lbs soaking wet, with a awful case of ADHD and an even worse case of social anxiety. i prefer to stay at home--all day, every day. although that's usually perceived as a terribly miserable existence, it's quite the opposite with me. i am a very content individual with many admirable hobbies, a wonderful job, and an all around lovely life. some tidbits about me: i'm mainly all about drawing (or rather, artistry in general), researching and practicing survival skills, peaceful uprising against injustice, and crossbow hunting. when i hunt, i aim to use all that i can from a kill. pelts, feathers, bones, and meat as there's no more room for wastefulness in this world. i make jewelry and art from the bones, which is sooo much fun. i'm bonkers about organic/natural medicine (i think they call it 'alternative medicine...' only heaven knows why ) and promoting a more healthy, self sufficient lifestyle. i like to keep my actual profession to myself, however, as i am certain it is frowned upon by the masses. anyways~ the main reason i have joined is the common one. this weekend i will be going to the local flea market to locate a rooster and 3 to 4 hens. i doubt i will buy them directly from the flea market; i'm going to take my time choosing what i want. i'm hoping for a decent in-between chicken meat quality and egg quality, as i intend to harvest both when the birds begin to reproduce. i have an ever so lengthy to-do list in preparation for my new babies. i have already purchased wood and wire for building a sizable living space for them. but that's pretty much as far as i've gotten. i still need to obtain organic, non GMO-laden feed, good quality hay for nesting, and some sort of way to keep predators away from them at night when they return to the run/coop. i USED to own chickens at a younger age. the majority were those described as 'fighting roosters.' at first it was an exciting job to raised and feed them and collect their eggs. but as time went on, my young mindset grew bored, and though i still cared for and nurtured them, they eventually were taken out by old age and predators. that was about 10 years ago. now that i'm older and have a more solid attention span (and the craving to add to my pursuit of self-sufficiency), i know i'll be able to handle these animals in much better. i also hope to obtain other types of birds, like turkey, ducks, and quail. so hello! it's nice to meet you all. i hope you're more friendly and less troll-ridden than other online communities. be gentle with me, please, i'm fragile.