Hello BYC! Last year my husband and I left the rat race of Madison and bought a cabin on 5 acres in the middle of the Kickapoo Valley. I nagged my husband early on about doing backyard chickens once we got settled, and we decided to give it a go this year! I happened to visit Tractor Supply during Chick Days (I know...) went a little crazy and grabbed 12 chicks: 4 buff orpingtons, 4 red rangers, and 4 cornish rock. Orpingtons were on my want-list, but I had no clue about the rangers or the cornish. Looks like we're going to be having some meat in the freezer shortly. I was hoping for more layers but you live and (thanks to BYC) you learn. I'm not sure how old my chicks are but they seem to be doing well so far. My kids are loving taking care of them and holding them. My 3 year old will tell me "It's time to go check the chickens!" My husband even came to hold some the minute he got home from work. I think he likes them more than he lets on. Hoping BYC will help me connect with more chicken lovers in my area. Looking forward to hearing from everyone!