Hello all! I've been stalking the forum for awhile reading and learning a lot! I finally decided to not be lazy and register I'm not completely new to caring for chickens my parents have a small flock of mixed breeds for eggs. I go home several times a year to help out with things and I often get assigned "chicken duty" when my recently disabled Dad isn't up to it. Right now I'm researching and hunting around for chicks to start my own backyard flock of bantams. I love animals and my husband thinks I'm crazy for my devotion, matter of fact he's the only reason I haven't adopted 10 dogs and 20 cats or something like that lol Right now I'm a proud momma to a 18 month old crazy little boy named Finn he loves animals just like his momma. I also have a 7 yr old Great Pyrenees/Husky mix named Texas (I named him that when I lived in Kentucky, I never thought I'd live in Texas!), A 2 yr old black and cream German shepherd named Bear, a 4 year old Maltese named Cricket and a 1 year old tortie Persian named Temperance. I'm pretty knowledgeable about dogs if anyone needs any advice on breeds or training but I'm still a newbie when it comes to chickens. I'm pretty excited about learning more though! I'm looking into silkies from a breeder and also seriously considering some Lavender Ameraucanas from another breeder. I can't decide all the breeds of bantams are so tempting! I've heard silkies don't lay a lot of eggs, I want a good looking and docile/friendly breed that might produce pretty well since eventually I'd like to be eating their eggs, Any recommendations? I'm happy to be here, looking forward to participating in the forum!