I started with a garden last year. I lost the potatoes to gigantic white grubs underground, the broccoli was rendered inedible by numerous green worms (and I compounded the problem by freezing them), the grasshoppers got the corn, the carrots exploded because of the floods, and I accidentally weeded out all my chives (really, they looked just like grass!) This year, I'm thinking of hiring some ladies to come and pick bugs for me. I hear they work for scratch and will even make me breakfast on the job! Allrighty, enough with the jokes I really am thinking about chickens though, and here's some of the things I'm thinking about: My yard is mid-large, I want to build a tractor for a coop so I can move them often. (I have no fence) No roosters. I live in town and value my sleepy-time and quiet-time way too much to put up with incessant cok-a-doodle-doo-ing. I've already decided (probably foolishly) that I want to raise Dominique chickens. They're part of the Ark of Taste, rather rare, said to do very well in ultra-cold climates and put up with both free-range and coop-style environments. Plus the idea of raising a breed of chicken that's somewhat endangered sounds really neat. There's a place in Iowa that sells Dominiques! *yay* I have to buy day-old chicks in batches of 25 *boo* I really only want 2-3 chickens So... long story slightly less long, hello everyone!