I really just wanted to be a farmer. I wanted a barn with chickens to go out and smell that beautiful smell of farm poop, hehe......... I wanted to collect eggs daily. How FARMIE is that? (probably not a word ) I have always loved raising small animals. In 25 years I have raised hamsters, mice, rats, bunnies, then on to lizards, bearded dragons. filling my incubator with eggs that hatched out these tiny adorable little lizards. Then I got into birds. I have been raising birds now for five years and I love it. Well I still desired that farm. We live in the city. How could we do that and be ok with our neighbors? I looked into all the rules and one day I went out and got 2 dozen fertile eggs of mixed breeds and stuck them in my incubator. Now I was going to be a chicken mommy. Ok, so I found out all these things about chicken eggs incubating that is much different then lizards and all but two of these eggs rotted. So I got two anyway, and put them in my bird aviary. OMG!! THE FUN BEGAN!!! I was like, these guys are FUNNY"!!! I would sit and watch them and laugh and think, this is more fun then the movies!!! I had to have more. So the farmer that sold me the eggs, had just hatched some and I went over and picked up three more. Soon all five were together and too big for the house, so we built a CHICK Tractor. They went outside and now came all the motherly worrying about if it rained or the temperature dropped at night. OMG!!! I was out there late at night, almost every night, checking on them, checking the weather, adding towels for warmth, or tarps for protection. Just lovin my babies. Now I am sitting in an outside chair during the day and watching my movies. So then I begin to research breeds and decide I want some silkies. LONG story there, as I lost a whole hatch of silkies to shrink wrap, So then I find out you can order them live in the mail. I ordered 15, and they got canceled and eventually I went somewhere else where the order limit was 25. By now I have decided that I want Cochins too. So I add three of those in the bunch. Well this order arrives one morning with all these crying little babies. There was 29 chicks in the box and I am trying to dip 29 little beaks in water and make sure I got them all. IMPOSSIBLE! Later I got the BRIGHT idea that I could put them in a plastic tub as I put some in the water and then I knew who all had drank. I promptly had to photograph every baby. Took all morning. Ok so then I went on craigs list and listed some for sale. I cannot keep 29 babies. I can't spoil that many. It took me a few days and I was down to five silkies and my three cochins. Now our coop is almost finished out back. We just need to add on the extra insulated room with the nesting areas. My original five are now four. as three of my babies were males and I had to depart with them back to the farm they came from. My original two are females and the day I sent the three babies away, I picked up two gorgeous wyandot bantams. So now I have four out back in the coop, two RIR/EE mixes and two Wyandott bantams. AND 8 babies in the brooder. Have you lost me yet? So anyway, NOW I go out to the coop every night and say good night to my four out there. I let them free range during the day. They love it. I love it. I love watching them run around my back yard. They hardly eat any of the bought food as they are nourished from the garden bugs, lol. Every day I am on this web site peering at eveyone's new chickens and chatting with them. I am now officially a full fledged CHICKEN FREEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OK , how many of you just love watching your chickens? How many of you think CHICKENS ALL DAY LONG? How many of you are now eagerly learning every thing that they can about CHICKENS??? I mean is this CHICKEN ADDICTION??????