Hi everyone! Always nice to find a new community full of folks so enthusiastic to share their hobby with! Would love to hear any advice on our plans: My girls (human ) are 9 and 4, and we are about to order some chicks for them to raise as pets. The whole family is pretty excited about this. We will be getting an Eglu and about 4 hens for our small suburban yard. In addition to the run, the birds will get some free range time fwhen we are watching them, since we have neighbor's dogs and raccoon/possums to deal with. I've heard 4 is pretty much the limit for Eglu, and so that's what we are shooting for. The girls would like to get two silkies, and we are still trying to decide on the other birds, probably a breed that are good egg layers. Any suggestions would be welcome, but so far we are thinking Wyandotte? Not sure whether these two should be bantams as well, given the small size of the Eglu as coop. Think we'll get sexed chicks from MyPetChicken, but McMurray has a much larger selection to choose from. We just don't know what to do if we get straight runs, though: Do folks just give the roosters away if they don't want them? We also haven't figured out how big a brooder we need before we can set them out to the Eglu. Definitely would like to start with a transparent rubbermaid container, but can it last till they are ready for the Eglu outdoors? The brooder pic thread seems to suggest not, but advice would be great! And everyone seems to have purchased feeders/waterers. If we are only doing this once in a while, since we can't really grow our herd much, are the convenience factor worthwhile? Well, that's it for now, thanks for checking in!