Hello everyone, my name is Bren. I am married with 2 children. I am now a SAH mom. My son is 4 and just started Pre-K and my daughter is 2 and well, she has started really acting it. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful site. I have learned so much that I thought I better just join. After a long bumpy road we are realizing one of our biggest dreams. We purchased a old farmhouse with some land out in the middle of nowhere. Everything needs a lot of work and we are working our butts off and will be for a long time. We have broken our lists down to what has to be done before winter and that is how we determine if we get to sleep at night or not. lol We are new to owning chickens. We started this June with 30 hens and 1 rooster. I am pretty sure they are all crosses. They came from an Amish farm and we were told they were dual purpose birds. I think the hens are mainly RIR, the rooster may be pure Barred Rock. Really dont know enough about different breeds to know for sure. After some very hard lessons and a friendly sale we now have 24 hens and Jim the rooster. We constructed a coop out of a corner barn stall and the chickens are allowed to free range all day on top of their feed. They are now laying around 7 large/jumbo brown eggs a day. It seems a new chicken starts laying every couple days so we are hoping they will all be laying soon. I am really surprised that the eggs are soo big. In addition to the chickens we have a big Labradoodle dog, 1 house cat, 10 barn cats (that my son keeps letting in the house..arggh), Californian and Mini Rex rabbits, a LaMancha doe and a LaMancha/Alpine doeling and 1 honeybee hive. Our goal is to become self sufficient. We have always had a vegetable garden but this year it has taken a back seat to the animals, kids and home renovation. Its a daily wade through the weeds and try to find a treasure. Its great to be here and I look forward to getting to know everyone.