Hi everyone! I'm new to the site and pretty new to raising chickens. I am a mother of 2 (ages 12 and 8) and I grew up on a small farm in SC with various animals, including chickens but they were just free range/barn chickens. Last year at Easter we purchased a few chicks for our kids at Tractor Supply and built a small coop for the night and let them run free during the day. We enjoyed raising the chicks and sharing eggs so much that we ordered 25 RIR chicks directly from a hatchery this year and are buildings a new, bigger and nicer coop for our ladies. We received our chicks Monday 2/2, losing one in shipping, one has a bad eye and deformed beak and two have died overnight without explanation. Oh and 8 have had pasty butt. So this whole buying from the hatchery appraoch has been much different. I've had to research everything from chick eye injuries, chick antibotics, what pasty butt is and how to treat it. Each time I search online I end up on this site, so I decided to join because you folks seem to have an abundance of knowledge to share. I'm very happy to have found this site and look foward to learning from yalls experience and wisdom!