Hi, I've been reading your posts for months and finally decided to join up and introduce myself. I've wanted to have chickens for years, and my husband finally caved and got me a coop for my 40th birthday (so romantic!) We live in San Diego, in the city, where they've recently eased restrictions on backyard chickens, not that I t stopped people before. We have 2 children, a dog, a cat, and now have added 3 chickens to our family. We got them at about 4-5 weeks old in April 2013 and they started laying, as if on cue, at 5 months old! They are 2 Barred Rocks named Cordelia (Cordie, she's clearly the alpha) and Ophelia (Fifi, she timidly fits her name), and a very sweet Buff Orpington named Nugget. I'll give you one guess which one the kids named Now that the girls are big and full of personality and laying, I'm sure I'll be less of a troll and more of an active member. Thanks for having me!