So this is the year I finally took the plunge. We'll be welcoming our first "babies" sometime shortly after April 28th. This should make for a busy and fun first year. We have three sons, ages 5, 3, and 3 months who will be learning right along with me (VERY carefully, I might add) and we are all very excited to welcome our 9 girls to the family. I need to balance out all that male-ness somehow, right? My mother has raised chickens across the road from us for years, but now her girls are retired, mostly garden-digging at this point, and she is looking forward to getting her eggs from us, instead of the other way around. I'm happy to repay the favor. Glad to find such a great resource in BYC. I've already done quite a bit of searching around the forums, and I'm sure I will have many questions in the upcoming months. Glad to be here!