Our family of four started our journey in chickens thanks to our daughter who has been wanting to hatch chickens for a very long time. It started with her taking an egg from the fridge and trying to incubate it in her top bunk around the age of six. Thankfully it did not break and by the time I found it it rattled. We finally were able to give it a go with hatching chicks two summers ago. We gave all those chickens away but were kinda hooked so we built a coop. We have a Rhode Island Red name of Foxy, an Easter Egger by the name of Sammy, a Black Astrolorp by the name of Black Jewel, and Red Speckled Sussex by the names of Big Mama, Eden, & Mae. We special ordered the sussex but got the rest from the Fleet store. Our chicken happy daughter is now 12 and wants to be a farmer when she grows up. Our son is 10 and mostly wants to build with legos but is happy to collect eggs. The chickens are a happy addition to our lives and work well with our philosophy of local organic food. I love being able to run out to the coop when I am short an egg for a recipe, instead of a ride to the Co-op! Our two inside cats love it when we let the chickens roam the yard and watch them avidly with twitching tails. When a cat got out of the house and thought about a closer encounter Sammy ran him off!