Hi all! I found this forum online and thought I'd come check it out in an effort to learn more about the cute little family members we adopted last week. My husband, 3 daughters, and I decided that we would take on the fun of having chickens a few months ago. My husband works as a handyman and has built us a fantastic coop. We are still finishing it, but since it's still snowing here in Idaho, our new babies are still inside till it's finished. Anyway, so far, we have 4 Bantam chicks. They are 6 weeks old. Two of them are black Dutch and two are Silkies. I'm trying to find extensive info online so I can learn about them (and perhaps do a homeschool project on them with my girls.) However, info is not easy to find. What I have found is that chickens don't crow till they are 4 months old, however, my Black Dutch Rooster has been crowing since we brought him home over a week ago. Also, I found that they won't start laying eggs till they are 4-5 months old. Is that accurate for the Bantam breeds? My one Silkie was missing almost all of its back feathers when we brought it home, which I found out was to allow him/her the ability to grow the pinfeathers. Now, there are new black feathers poking out of the pins. I'd like to learn more about my chickens, what to expect, what things they like, etc. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I'll be getting 8 more baby chicks via mail order at the end of June and I'm very excited about them too. I want everyone to be happy together, so I want to learn as much as possible about everyone so I can do my best to make that happen. Thanks in advance for any replies.