I started raising chickens this past spring when I bought 10 RIR from Tractor Supply. They are just about ready to lay eggs for the first time. I think when the weather cools a bit they will start. I have search this site many time for information on how to raise my chickens. This site is wonderful with lots of knowledge in it's pages.
I bought another 25 birds from a Hatchery, they didn't live a month, a raccoon or a few raccoons got them in the night. I have tightened everything yup after that and haven't lost any more birds.
That is Henry, my avatar, bought him from a lady off craigslist, he was sold to her as a hen, but turned into a Henry. He's a blue Marans.
Been working on my old metal shed, turning it into a coop for the winter months, it's closer to the house.
Yep that's what killed 20 of my birds.