Well, I finally did it! I ordered a variety of chicks (6 pullets, 3 cockerels and one straight run) so that I can see which ones work out in my area. I live deep in SW Texas, and I want to try a few different kinds to see how they manage here. I also lwant to have a few roosters to protect the flock, so we'll see how this all comes together! I have an old coop that we are fixing up and re-fencing, and they will be able to get out of the coop at least for a couple of hours each day, but will spend nights and a good portion of the day in the coop/chicken house. We are very rural, on a 25,000 acre ranch, and have all manner of varmints - surprisingly tho, no coyotes! So the coop will be covered, and we are working on making the fence as varmint proof as possible. I'm very excited, but April is still a ways off. Anyway, just wanted to share!