Chickens are a passion of mine. I have kept chickens as pets for over 20 years, even some as house pets. You cannot live day in and day out with an animal without gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of them. I have experienced beautiful friendships and heartbreaking failures, but through everything, one thing has remained true; that without them there would be an inconsolable void in my life. Today I live on a 10-acre suburban farm estate with my husband and ex-husband. It is an unconventional, but functional relationship. We share the responsibilities for our chickens, turkeys, peacocks, guineas, pheasants, ducks, pigeons, and doves. Many of our efforts center around sustainability. In my orchard, vineyard and gardens I grow as much of our food as possible and preserve the excess the way my grandmother taught my mother and my mother taught me. My experience in construction has aided in building and continually developing of our state-of-the-art coops and runs. In addition to my writing for BYP, I actively maintain my blog, Rooster Hooch, which was inspired by the overwhelming interest in the story of our rooster who broke into the homemade wine and nearly lost his life to inebriation. I am currently working on a book that combines my photography with years of funny, inspirational and even poignant stories about our birds. My initial education was a BA in Fine Arts with dual concentration in Textiles and Photography. Today I am a Licensed Massage Therapist in private practice and embrace as holistic a lifestyle as possible. I have been a teacher for 20 years in various subjects and vocations including Anatomy & Physiology and Pathology as an adjunct at a local college. I am an educator at heart. Through my photography and my writing, I hope to foster awareness of the amazing attributes of poultry and educate people about their care. I strive to see that as many birds as possible have the best quality of life through my own personal effort and by educating hobbyists and owners. I believe that we all have the moral responsibility to provide the best quality of care through diet and lifestyle, health care and environment to any animal that we bring into our lives.