Hi, I'm a homesteader on 9 acres in the PNW. I had a small commercial flock, about 300 hens, of pastured layers in California before heading north to do things on a smaller scale. I brought my "hobby" flock with me, along with a few Muscovys, sheep, goats, retired horses, dogs, and cats. After a few years and a lot of fixer-uppering the new homestead is beginning to provide for me. I am breeding Black Copper Marans (and blue and splash) as my primary focus. They are a great farmstead breed that forage well and are great moms. They lay well and are also nice for eating. I also play around with a few Legbars. There are a few Ameraucanas and Olive Eggers flapping around, too. I like a colorful box of eggs in the fridge. Food should look as good as it tastes. I'm a proponent or suburban back yard chickens. I am also a Master Gardener and I try to combine the two topics whenever I am communicating with other gardeners (or soon to be gardeners).