Just wondering who got y'all into chickens and how long have you been raising them? Who taught you what you know about them? Share your story. Mine: My friend Diane, who is like a sister to me, used to have chickens. She's known by kids in school as "The Chicken Lady". She's been telling me for years how easy it is to keep chickens and I finally got DH to agree to let me order some for August (went from 4 to 16). Meanwhile, I've taken 2 courses on raising poultry, read 4 books, spoken to numerous friends who have chickens, and of course, discovered this and other wonderful chicken-friendly websites. I am obsessive about things and tend to research them to death and then jump in head first. I've had the opportunity to chicken-sit numerous times for neighbors (never even touched a live chicken before that!) and am now farm-sitting 4 goats (milking 3), 2 rabbits, 17 chickens, 2 dogs, cats, etc. for friends. Their broody hatched 4 chicks so far and now I am chick-sitting at home!!! I LOVE IT!!!! The chicks are happy, healthy, and doing great and it's been a wonderful experience for us. Even my DH admits that chickens are addictive!!!