Hi there! I have been thinking about chickens for a while, and lurking here, there, and everywhere trying to learn. I did wildlife rescue for years, which usually involves birds in boxes, so I was a bit leery. Yesterday, I acquired my first chicks. I was told they were an Ameraucana, a Barred Rock (she was hiding when I took the picture for my avatar), and a Welsummer. We'll see - mostly I just hope they are hens. They are four weeks old and capable of producing astounding amounts of poop. I am very excited to have them, and despite all my research have a zillion questions. Unfortunately, my GSD mix dog is also very excited, so today I will be doing some massive coop revisions. He does fine when they are inside the house at night - just lays by the box and sleeps, but outside they suddenly are chirpy and fluttery. Anyway, just wanted to say hi, and share my ridiculous excitement over the little things. Better go work on that new coop and walk the blasted dog who is too excited by the chicks to poop.