Since I'm back to raising chickens again after about 5 years of moving and renting, I thought I'd make a thread to chronicle the adventure. We own our home now, here in central VA (gardening zone 7a). I do have an HOA to contend with though, so that will certainly impact the decisions I can make with our little family flock. My sweet DH brought me some local eggs for eating, and when I noticed that they were fertile I couldn't resist the urge to set them. I have 2 DS and one sweet DD. We have a few family pets, including a shi-tzu mix we rescued, a 3 legged turtle (another rescue), a guinea pig, and two hamsters. My incubator is a picture view hovabator and has the awful wafer heating, but it's served me well in the past and came out of storage as good as it went in. I have a dozen of the mystery brown eggs in the bator due 10/29. We had chickens for a couple years before my hiatus. I had Silkies, Cochins, and EE before. This time, I would ideally love to have a Dominique. My papaw (great granddad) used to keep them and I have a sense of nostalgia about that breed in particular.