Introductions are awkward for me as I am more of a lurker so, I'm just gonna jump right in ... I'm not new to raising chickens. I have been around them most of my life. My grandmother had many chickens and I helped her take care of them. I had a bunch of Leghorns in high school and into college. In fact, as an art student, many of my assignments reflected chickens as the subject I was involved in raising at the time. So much so, many of my fellow students called me "Chicken George." It didn't bother me much. I have begun fashioning my coop and incubator. I'm really interested in raising Black Copper Marans. I have twin daughters in 4-H that need a good project, so this will be a great avenue for them to pursue. Anyway, I think this site is wonderful and very informative. I'm glad I'm here.