We bought our baby chicks about a month ago. They're getting big enough to go outside, especially since the weather's warmed up. Unfortunately though, we had a large oak fall on our fence and shed, so we have to wait till the fence and shed are replaced before moving the chickens outside. We don't have a large lot (1/4 acre), and we don't want them in the way of all the repair work that'll be going on over the next couple weeks. In the mean time, we've got a dozen pullets of varying sizes in the family room. They make interesting pets, and have started jumping to the top of the 24" tall boxes we have connected together for their temporary home. My wife grew up with her folks raising chickens and my grandparents raised them, plus I raised chickens for a couple years while stationed in the Philippines. Still, we've got a lot of learning to do. My wife has named every one of our pullets, and can even remember their names. She was sitting next to their indoor home and one jumped up right next to her. Yes, she started talking to it as though it could understand her.