Hi all, brand new to BYC. Also brand new to the world of owning some chooks... just moved to central OH. So here's my debut: I live in a nice development with rather nice sized large houses. My husband and I do well in the financial industry, but I for one am starting to have some serious moral objections to eating a meal that has traveled on the average of 1500 miles from growing place to my plate. So this year, early spring, I launched my own backyard sustainability experiment. I purchased 11 chicks (6 known pullets: , 2 each of RIR, SLW,Red SexLink + 5 straight run Ameraucanas) I was fully expecting to lose a few and have a few roos in there, but planning on having 6-7 hens for laying thru the winter. I have a 20x30 garden that I've planted with a ton of different veggies and my goal is to be the main source of produce for my family of 4 going forward. I'm also aiming to have the girls providing 3-4 doz eggs/week for our consumption and bribes for our HOA board members. Yup. Not allowed chickens in our development. Luckly, I have owners on both sides that are tickled with the girls, they moved from KY this year. My sustainability experiment' in recycling absolutely everything I possibly can with my kitchen trimmings and garden stuffs, feeding the chooks on as little as possible, while, while keeping things looking 'socially acceptable' out back and something that NO ONE in their right mind could object to. My garden is landscaped all around. My coop is a revamped kids' playhouse (beautiful) and the chooks have their wings clipped and are contained in a fenced area. All my kitchen waste goes to the compost heap. The Girls get most of our food wast (what they can have) and I use NO pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers other than what I can generate (compost) or purchase from local farmers. No one in my family 'gets it', and when I tell them I have chickens they look at me like I"m cracked. How do I explain this to them in a more 'mainstream' fashion without appearing as the family grit? (WHICH I AM NOT!) I just love my chooks!