Hello, I am a new member, new to chickens as an adult but I kept them as a 4H kid. We bought our first house in October and I couldn't wait for spring so I could get some chicks! I picked up 6 Ameraucana girls at the feed store last Tuesday. I think they were about 3 days old - so they are 8 or 9 days old now. I am keeping them in a large aquarium with a mesh lid in my downstairs bathroom, under a heat lamp. I mentioned to my husband that soon they might want to perch so he went into the yard, cut a piece of a fallen branch and made a perch - for the rest of the night the chicks huddled on the other end of their cage, seemingly scared of the intruder! I just went in now to check on them and I see that one was sleeping on the perch! I had my cell with me so I quickly took this lousy cell phone picture: I haven't given them proper names yet, they have descriptive names right now since they are all for the most part different colors (I picked two yellow, two stripey/leopardy and two that were the closest to solid brown). Some have gotten cheefk tufts, some haven't so this girl is known as "tuftless brown" for now. They are all sweeties! I answered the first three "template" questions in my narrative but here's the rest: (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? almost certainly google, looking for chicken coop ideas! (5) What are some of your other hobbies? knitting and crocheting, collecting dolls, sewing, and I am new to gardening but very enthusiastic about it (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. I have two daughters; ages 7 and 21 months who I am homeschooling full time, 3 cats, 2 guinea pigs and a budgie. Next month we will have 4 guinea hens as well! Actually, probably not all hens since they are straight run.