Hello to Everyone!! I have had chickens many times during my life beginning at age 10. I worked at a chicken farm nearby cleaning out the barns for extra money (saving to buy my horse)! I loved them so much, the farmer surprised me with a rooster and 2 hens one day. That grew to 30+ chickens. I have had chickens several times in my life since then. In March, I bought 14 chicks at age 3 to 4 weeks old. I also ordered specific breeds online. I now have Gold, Black, and Red sex link pullets, 2 Silver laced Cochin pullets, 1 Silver Penciled Egyptian Fayoumi pullet " Little Bit", and 4 pullets that I have no idea what they are...lol. I also have 4 to 5 week old chicks in breeds Rhode Island Red, Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Speckled Sussex, Partridge Plymouth Rock, and Ameraucana. I ordered straight runs on the Wyandotte and Speckled Sussex in hopes of a rooster from these 2 breeds. Funny, for certain we have a Rhode Island rooster...lol..go figure! During my research on breeds, I found BYC website and have used it for getting ideas on hen houses, runs, roosts, and other chicken issues. My husband and I are "young" retirees in our mid to late fifties. I was the Statistical Program Analyst for the VA Hospital and retired a year ago April. My husband was the Construction Control Manager at the VA and he retired from there last October. We have 3 children; 2 daughters and 1 son. We are grandparents to 8 beautiful grandchildren (5 boys-3 girls). We now live in the country again and are building our small "farm". So excited about our new life!