Hi, I'm new to byc and chickens. I live in Northwest Arkansas. I've wished I had chickens for years. A friend acquired 6 one day old chicks RIRs, after a week he decided couldn't keep them so I jumped in feet first and took them home. While at our local farm & ranch store they clearanced out some 3 week old s/r white Cornish Cross chicks. I had no idea what I was doing...still don't for that matter. To my thinking "there will be some roosters and I should allow for some deaths" so I bought 10 of them. A week later everybody is still alive. I need a coop, hubby and I unload the old shed only to discover it's in really bad shape with rot. We've reclaimed what could be salvaged for a rebuild. Another week later all the chicks are still alive. We have company over. In telling about all our chicks and coop project our visitors know someone wanting to get rid of a coop. I bought the coop and it came with 9 laying hens and a rooster. Now there are 26 chickens and all are still alive. Dang my luck. I lost my father 3 years ago and I can hear him telling me "Careful what you wish for little girl." And he is laughing so hard from Heaven.