To make a long story short....I adopted a 10month old puppy/dog in April 2012 by June she had gotten a hold of 3 of my neighbors chickens. In an effort to set things right with the neighbor I went about purchasing 3 chickens off of a craiglist ad. Knowing nothing about chickens I ended up with 2 Bantams and one standard hen. Cranky neighbor guy wouldn't take the bantams so there I was, totally unprepared and clueless. So we built a little coop and I figured if I was taking care of two I might as well get a couple of standards for the eggs. So now I'm hooked! I still have the two origial girls and add 3 more standards with plans to expand this spring. We've now got a great hen house attached to the horse barn and they free range our 4 acres during the day.