I was just wondering what makes most people get chickens these days in the first place? I have always loved being a homemaker, reading stories about the old-fashioned way of life, even as a kid I devoured books like the Little House series. But I never really thought about actually owning chickens, until my garden was overrun last year with bugs. I have tried to be as organic as possible in my yard, and I began to research how to grow a better garden. One thing led to another, and I started reading about chicken-keeping. Well, our human nest emptied out, and I once again tried to focus on the old-fashioned way of doing things, and mentioned to DH that I thought it would be neat to have some chickens to help with the bug population, with the added bonus of fertilizer for our compost bin. He agreed! And the rest, as they say, is history! Now I think since we are enjoying our brood so much, if we ever move to a smaller place, we will make sure we can at least have a few hens. And we haven't even gotten any eggs yet--we just love to watch them run, peck around, and come up for a pet and a scritch! So, what is your story?