My wife and I bought our first chickens at the end of March 2016. We are brand new to raising chickens. We've never raised chickens before.
Before we bought our chickens we checked with our city and found out that we can have up to 6 hens and our coop can not be larger than 120 sq ft. I found one on sale that holds 6 to 8 chickens and put it together before we bought the chicks. We bought our chicks at farm & ranch supply store in town and the woman that helped us informed us that they needed to be kept inside in a brood box with a heat lamp until they are big enough to go outside.
We bought the chicks on a Friday and kept them in a plastic tub. The next day I bought some plywood and build a 3 ft by 4 ft by 2ft tall brood box and moved it into a bed room that is not being used the next day. We are so new and so uninformed to raising chickens that I didn't know that I had to keep them inside and warm. Fortunately I like woodworking so building the brood box wasn't a problem.
This last week (the 2nd week of June) it not only got warm enough but it got hot during the day so yesterday we moved our chickens into the coop last night when I got home from work. They were totally freaked out over this move.
We bought 3 white leghorns and we cannot tell them apart so we haven't named them, 1 Rhode Island Red which we obviously name Rhoda and 2 Barred Rocks. We used names from the 1974 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail and named them Zoot and Dingo from the two twin sisters from the scene at the Castle Anthrax. Yes, I know. That makes me a geek but in my defense I am a software developer so I am a geek by profession, a professional geek.
In addition to chickens I am also a beekeeper. This is the start of my 4th year beekeeping. I have 3 beehives.
I hope to learn a lot here on this site. It looks amazing.