I'm new to this forum and to chickens, but, I grew up on a typical middle TN family farm. My dad raised pigs and cows, had goats and sheep, grew corn and tobacco, and, of course, a large garden for his family. In other words, I'm a farm girl! My daddy called me Doodle ever since I can remember. I don't know why-maybe I should ask him. Anyway, back to my story...A few months ago, I saw a tv show which talked of store bought vs free range chicken (as meat), which touched a passion in me to start raising my own chickens. [I try to eat healthy and exercise, run 5K races as a hobby with my hubby.] Healthwise, it seemed logical for me to start with egg layers. After all, we eat eggs every day and I have six grandboys nearby...so, eggs are always needed! I consumed much information about chicken coops, chicken tractors and chickens. I am happily OCD [ObessiveChickenDisorder?] I designed a good "starter" tractor, bought supplies, and pullets [3 RIR, 3 White Leghorns, 2 Barred Rocks] from 3 different sources, and my flock is off to a good start. I can't tell you how many times I have read on this forum for wisdom and I appreciate it so much! So, today, I joined BYC. Maybe one day I can contribute something helpful to a newbie, but, I expect I will be lurking for a long while or asking newbie questions! Oh, also, I ordered 1000 mealworms (again, reading a lot about it) and have prepared to receive them in a few days. Again, it seems logical to grow mealworms for my girls. Boy, are they gonna love me!