The kids have left home and now it is time for me to do the things I enjoy. Chickens, of course! Hubby has built a Taj Mahal chicken house. A 10x10 solid building with a large loft, 10 nesting boxes jutted on the outside, roosts, etc. Pics to come a lil later. We still have to paint it. We also have to fence the area for a run. Looking to order my first babies in a couple months! Barred Rock or Dominique adn Easter Eggers....and I ran into a friend of a friend who was excited to find someone else raising chickens. She has Old Englist Bantams she will give me when I am ready! I am so excited! Love this forum/website. I do have a few questions tho.... 1)In central Arkansas what would be a good time of spring to get chicks? 2)How long do they need to stay in a smaller box-type area until they can be put in the larger house and let out to free range the yard? 3)Looking for a good organic feed. What do I feed first, second and finally every day? Is it possible to make my own feed? Thanks! for all the wonderful advice in advance..... Anyone else from Central AR??????