I grew up in my grandma's house where I see a lot of chickens everyday. The moment they go down from the trees (Yes, the chickens here roost on tree branches) and eat their first meal until they go back to the trees to go to sleep. Since then, I became fascinated with chickens and I knew that someday I will raise my own flock. When I transferred to my parent's house, I asked my grandma to give me 1 hen. Of course, my very loving grandma gave me a pullet. Unfortunately, the pullet did not reach the "Laying" stage. She just disappeared and I knew that one of the neighbors was the culprit. I asked another chicken from my grandma and she gave me another pullet and same story happened. I never lost hope, I asked another one. I waited for quite sometime before the pullet started laying. I was very happy and my father built a coop for that chicken. I always visit the nest and count the eggs until the hen became broody. I knew that it would take 21 days for the eggs to hatch so I marked the calendar. On the 20th day, there was already 1 chick and I hear the peeping sound from the other eggs. 24 hours later, all eggs were hatched!! I couldn't remember how many chicks we had but I am sure they all reached adulthood. All roos became our dinner and some of the hens too. 2 lucky hens were kept to lay eggs and raise their babies. Life was very simple way back then. When I went to college, I had to go to a place far from home and all my chickens went missing one by one. After college (year 2007) , I went to the capital city and looked for work. Even after college, I still wanted to raise a flock of my own. I watched youtube videos about chickens. And I saw different breeds which I know are not available in the Philippines. I saw Rhode Island Red, Buff Orpington, Wyandotte, etc. I knew these breeds are only available in the US but I tried to check google. To my surprise, these breeds have been made available in my country!! I couldn't tell how excited and happy I was. He is a member of BYC. and for me to contact him, I had to register first... and so I did! I live in a place where pets are not allowed. But becuase I really wanted to have a flock of imported breed, I broke the rule. After all, if you follow the rules, you miss all the fun, right? And so I contacted ozexpat and this guy was soooo accomodating. Ordered my first batch. I ordered 4 chooks but he gave me 6!! I was sooo happy and grateful!