Hi everyone, My wife and I are new to raising chickens, and although I've already posted a couple things here, I though I should post an introduction. We live in Ohio on 12 acres of land that we built our retirement home on last year. We have always wanted to homestead/ farm and are now beginning that journey. Our first venture was to get chickens! We have four, 40 week old, Golden Comets that we bought about a month ago. All four girls lay one egg each everyday. I built the coop they are in. It is a 4x4 coop on top of a 4x8x3 high run. I have just recently added a 10x20 foot pen so they can have additional space to scratch and dig. I am glad I built the pen because of all the craters they've dug in both the run and the pen area. Our four ladies wouldn't have much to do with us when we first got them, but now, they allow us to pick the up. I think their addiction to meal worms have helped them accept us. I have also been growing our own meal worms as the store bought meal worms are ridiculously expensive. We also have three dogs. Two dachshunds and a 6 month old Border Collie that we rescued from an Amish family. Hopefully, next year, we will a few sheep to the family and the Border Collie can earn her keep.We chose sheep because, well, I don't like goats and being from a Greek heritage, I've eaten lamb all my life. I found BYC last year when we first started thinking about raising chickens. Reading many of the posts helped me to decide to build my own coop rather than buy. The info here also provides ideas on do-it-your-self ways to care for the chickens. My next search inquiry will be to find ways to make our own chicken feed. We look forward to many years of membership at BYC!!