We have helped several friends and when I was a kid my grandma had guinea hens and chickens, so when we decided that we are moving out of the city, I decided that I want to have a small "farm". We are already used to planting a pretty big garden and we inherited a few other animals that had been abandoned on the property, so we already had a start. Now, almost a month later we have 42 baby chickens, assorted breeds, 4 baby ducks, 1 goat, 2 one year-ish old hens and 2 dogs. Since all of the chicks are almost fully feathered, we moved them to the outside coop this week. They absolutely love being able to run and "fly" around in the run and really like the bigger area of the coop. The ducks still live in the house as they have yet to feather and I believe one has wry neck. Right now we just have what I consider to be a throw together small coop and we will be building a bigger better one later this spring with a bigger run so they will be considered a controlled free-range I suppose. We are planning on getting more chicks as these ones grow so that we will have varying age groups as we plan to butcher some along the way to stock the freezer. I am very, pleasantly, surprised that we have not lost any chicks and the duck with wry neck seems to be the only issue. Tips for a beginner are always welcome here!