I've had chicken for a little over two years. But last year I had to move so, I had a friend keep my chickens until I got settled. Unfortunately one died leaving me with only one chicken left . However I am about to get some more chickens and since I consider myself to still be fairly new at this there is so much that I want to learn. Heres a little bit about myself and how got I started with chickens. I wanted chickens originally because I got tired of paying the high prices for the eggs at the store. And somehow I knew that all natural eggs were different from the ones you buy at store. So after hearing me go on and on about how I wanted my own chickens mw husband brought me home my very own chicken they were already grown and laying eggs , he got them from someone who was moving and couldnt take the chickens with them. So now I had my very own chickens and I was excited. Now I'm from chicago the south side so everyone was a little surprised when they discovered that I had chickens. I guess since I'm not from the deep south they didn't expect me to have a little country in me. And dont get me wrong im not that country I do love things all natural but, I hate bugs and i do not sleep outside not even in a tent. At All!! But I did think I knew a little something about chickens, I dont know why I thought that, but I did. I knew there was a difference between a hen and a rooster, right. The rooster makes all that noise. Well imagine my surprise when one morning all is quiet and my new chickens start clucking and clucking and clucking and wouldn'd stop!!!! I didnt know what to do , I'm not from the country and I don't live in the country now !!! I didnt know if the noise was too loud for my neighbors,!! could they hear all that noise?, would they come knocking on my door mad?!!! How do I make them stop. And is this normal? I was in a complete panic. Well needless to say no one seemed to notice but me. Thank God . And now I want more chickens the prettier the better. And boy are they pretty , who knew? But I do hope to learn a lot from everyone at Back Yard Chickens, like how to build a good chicken coop.