Hi everyone! I am a new member, but really a returning member because I haven't been here in 4 or 5 years. I joined last time looking forward to starting my new flock, but then the housing market crashed and we were stuck in our city, which did not allow chickens. Well, I am happy to say that over the last year, in our neighborhood alone, (actually on our block) 3 homes have added chickens to their back yards. We are moving down the street, which is great because our old next door neighbour NEVER would have let us alone having chickens (she hates everything). Although we still have not been able to buy our country home yet, we are still hopeful, and now we are moving where the yard is perfect (surrounded by treeline) and our next door neighbor has chickens.... so I return with a happy heart that now I can really enjoy this site, and get involved. I am deciding between barred Hollands (my personal choice) or Buff Orpingtons, because that's what my dad had when he was a kid and he has now passed on...Also, my new neighbor's chicken has "back door pasties" and I forgot what to do about that... if anyone can help with that issue, it would be great! I am so looking forward to being here, and thank you all.... reading through the posts I have so far, I can tell you are all very caring and great people! Thank you!