Im wondering how many of us on this forum are weekend warrior flock owners? With professional careers, working full time and keeping your flock in check. How do you do it all? What are your goals? What challenges have you had with your flocks? What are some of the joys they bring? Im an accountant. Always wanted to live on a farm but grew up in the city, have traveled much of the United States but lived in cities nearly all my life. Some kids grown, a couple still at home, we are a busy family! We are finally in the country with a small property and can have some farm animals. I work full time. My chickens are easy to care for but I do not have much time during the week to do anything but general maintenance. Weekends I spend more time, especially since the light hours have dimmed a bit. I love my eggs! We have so many we can't possible use them all so we donate to our church food pantry. I do want to try some dp birds and have decided on WRs this spring. My current flock will stay like it is and Ill add another small flock with another coop. All of them free range. I am able to let them out before work and shut the pop door when they put themselves to bed at night. Hubby helps with whatever I ask (mostly the construction/building/fixing parts) but knows to leave the egg gathering and feeding to me! I love those chores and just watching them a few minutes each day is a stress reliever if its been one of those days. At this time I have no run, just the coop. I may try to raise a few CX just for the experience if I can pick up a couple at a TSC or feed store. I just dont want the mess and hassle of raising a bunch of them as it does take more time and work and they seem to be so messy and smelly. Im thinking my dp flock will be self-sustaining and provide the meat/eggs that I will want. Well see. I haven't had my chickens long enough to have any problems yet. Hope that's still a while off! So, how about you?