Hi everyone, my name is Peggy. I've lived in subdivisions of major cities all my life. 6 months ago, my husband and I moved our family of 4 to a 12-acre-farm in rural west Tennessee. It's fabulous and we are all thriving! It really is a dream come true. We added 6 Barred Rock chicks to our homestead 3 days ago. It's our first time raising chicks but so far, so good! They are 1-week-old and are active, eating and drinking well, and love the branch I put in their brooder for a perch. I am training our 2 dogs to ignore them with the command "leave it." I hope it works because our chickens will free range during the day.