Hello forum. I will try to use this topic as a journal. My introduction in your forum is here I am a newbie. In the forum and in having chickens. I will post some pictures of my chickens and my young rooster which i bought 2 days ago. I bought the raised chickens in a dirty chicken farm from a cage with no space for anymore chickens, the chickens was so packed in there!! Maybe 100 chickens in a so small space, bad memory! For the history as i said in my introduction i was not organized and when i returned home with the chicks i had a cool adventure running after my chickens in my new, big, empty (no planted) yard. Finally, i made a temporary coop, which i am ashamed of, in the corner of the yard by using some spare fence parts i had and threw the chickens inside. I never had chicks before. The first pictures follow. 1)This cute cool creature is supposed to be my young rooster, i am not sure if he is a rooster actually, neither i can tell how old he is, he sounds to me like a bird on the trees. My 10 months old daughter loves him and yells at him! I tell her its food, in our way of communication. What do you think of the rooster? 2)This is the temporary "coop" (not) i made for them. I still have them in there. Please dont hit me for keeping chickens in there, i know its pretty bad for them, one of the chickens was making weird sounds when i visited them in 14:00 while breathing, i am almost sure it was from the extreme heat 95 to 100 Fahrenheit (38-40 celcius, i used Fahrenheit because most of you are from USA if i am not mistaking) i released them untill the evening and they have spent their first full day in the shade of my house, fertilizing. I keep the 2 chickens in there, the rooster escaped while being beaten by the chickens from the holes of the fence thats why i kept him in the dog carrying box untill i make another temporary coop for him. I have planned a chicken tractor on paper and bought some of the materials, but i dont think i will build it very soon. However, i want to make this temporary coop better for them. I must do something for more shade for sure. 3)This is the first egg i got it today! I was extremely happy to get that. Are those spots suspicius? I would not give an egg from those chicken to my daughter yet, i must eat few first to see if i die or not i hope its good. How does it look to you? This is where they layed the egg! It was totally empty when they layed the egg, i placed that broken trimmed weeds after i got the egg to "improve" this advanced and professional egg laying bucket! 4) Those are my chickens, UGLY heh? The light brown is very social the darker is still abit scared or something. They have an issue! I think, all the chickens in the farm i bought them from, had missing feathers in their necks, mine surely do! I thought that they were fighting each other, but now i think they are actually plucking their own feathers. I am not certain about anything i write, they might plucked each other too. I saw somewhere on the net that it might be just stress from the crowded chicken farm, is that correct? Could it actually be something else, what would be the reasons for a chicken to have missing feathers like that? This adds to the reasons i would not feed my daughter with their eggs, and i didnt find any real answears for that. The people in the chicken farm are too weird to interact with, or i am. I trust your community more than i trust them as people. The chicken farm people didnt want to give me the young rooster, it was 6 persons and they all were saying to me not to buy the young rooster. He was in a shaded cage with more young birds, propably roosters, not as crowded as their chicken cage was. While the seller was showing me the rooster and was telling me "look he is just a young rooster you should not buy it" i grabbed him and never gave him back then at the cashier they were all sad i wanted to have it. I would not go back there, if i have other options. (its the only chicken farm i know of, after asking alot of people and its 20min by car from my place) I also have bought thermostats and everything i need to build an incubator, i plan to order eggs from ebay, that way i will have more options for what type of chickens to raise. I think i will do that in the winter which i have ALOT of spare time, from November to March, its all spare time. Even for a forum journal i think i write too much. If you have read my journal excuse me for any mistypes and my orthography, my language is not English. The wannabe "FoodKiller"