Hello everyone! My name is JenLiz and I live in Brandon FL (Tampa Bay Area) We are getting 8 chicks the second week of March and I’m super excited! I’ve been gathering all the items needed for a brooder, and we recently purchased a chicken coop for when they are old enough to transition to one. They will eventually be free ranging in a large run that my husband is building. We will have them as pets and for the eggs. We have two daughters aged 12 and 8 and both are super excited to welcome the newest members of our family. We also have a golden retriever and 2 cats. As of right now I’m not positive which breeds we will be getting (I’d like a mixture) but it depends on which ones our local feed stores will be offering when it’s time to purchase (I would buy them this minute but we are going away for a few days over Spring Break) but we are leaning towards Rhode Island Red, Plymouth Rock, Orpington, and Australorp. We visited some chicks today, so adorable! Can’t wait to embark on this new adventure!