Hi everyone, I thought I'd share this on the forum because I am quickly getting the impression that 'non chicken' people wouldn't understand. After weeks of preparation, including buying and building the hen house, educating myself on all (well maybe not all) things chicken etc, etc, my partner and I went for our chickens today. He said last night "it feels like we're going for a baby tomorrow doesn't it"? And I must say, there was something like adoption of human children about the process You know, anticipation, excitement, combined with knowing we will have a lot to learn along the way. When we got home it was dark. We were surprised how peaceful and warm they were in the boxes and to handle into the coop (being the newbie's we are). We are smitten, they are gorgeous - a beautiful buff orpington (Henrietta), a rhode rock (Harriet), a hybrid light Sussex (Juliet) and a blue haze (essentially a bluebelle) (Lydia). Anyway, I've embarrassed myself enough, I'll leave it there!