I've not posted very much but I have followed this forum for awhile. I wanted to have a few chickens for sometime but have found one excuse after another on why I shouldn't do it. The biggest thing was the commitment it would take to having a half dozen or so chickens and taking care of them. A dog or cat you can put in a car and take camping/fishing with you. Chickens, not so much. Anyway, on Wed I pulled the trigger and went to ye olde farm store (Dell's in Centailia) to buy 8 buff orpingtons. When I got there they had the orpingtons but they also had the Rhode Island Reds and dang they were cute and looked bigger and more active then the others, so I bought the Reds instead. Gottem home, putem in their little pen with the heat lamp, water and food. They found the water and food quickly. I was amazed. Today with the warmer temps they were even happier and more active. I think I'm addicted. Now all I have to do is narrow my choices of hen house plans to one and build it. Wish me luck.