Hi, I'm new to BYC. One year ago I convinced my husband that we should have chickens. I was unable to eat grocery store eggs and wanted fresh eggs of our own. We started with 16 day old gold laced Wyandottes (nine of which turned out to be Roos). I was concerned that my chicken keeping skills would be equilivent to my gardening skills, but we managed to raise them all without incident. We kept one roo and and added some more pullets. It turned out I enjoy my chickens even more than I thought I would and they are more than just birds for eggs. They have become family pets Our coop is already more than large enough, but plans for a bigger round came quickly. We "adopted" five more pullets last fall. I'm not sure what kind the are, but they are sociable and good layers, though they came with a host of bad habits - egg eating, feather picking etc. that we just now managed to eliminate, This year we have added two cream Legbar pullets and 4 black cooper Marans - they are just shy of 5 wks old so I'm not sure on the sex yet. This site has a lot of great info on it and has been very helpful for us.