It would do all of the new members who are very new to chickens to get a copy of Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens or another book similar. If you can't buy it go to the library and checkout a copy. It would also be helpful if newer members would use the search function for some of the answers to questions currently being posted. In the past 3 days I have noted numerous threads on the exact same topics with all the exact same answers. All of the information on chicks/chickens/eggs can be found in detail without the need to repeatedly post tidbits of info in so many threads. Please buy a book and do some research then come here and ask more questions to better help your understand chickens and their nature. You might also want to look at the FAQ and glean info from there. I am not trying to be rude or 'mean' as some have called me but it really starts to burn people out to rehash the same questions in several threads repeatedly in the same day. Please help us better help you by doing just a bit of work on your own. If you have a question in a thread on BYC make sure you include the link the info came from so we can reference the material and clarify information for you. Thanks!