I just started a backyard chicken coop when we moved to a small town recently. I hatched a few eggs in my Kindergarten class (2 hatched successfully out of 30 -although many didn't even develop so I wonder how many were really fertilized). Since they were fryers, we decided to keep them. One turned out to a boy (I can only keep hens), he went off to a hobby farm. The other chicken turned out to be an Easter Egger/Fryer mix. She has been giving us blueish eggs since the summer. In the summer we bought three baby chicks - two of the smaller New England chickens breed and one Silky. The silky passed away soon after we got her (her eyes gunked over and I didn't know at the time that was a sign of respiratory problems.) Yesterday we bought home two new grown chickens: a Plimyth (sp) Rock chicken and a brown chicken - I am not good with the breed names yet. I'd like to hatch more in my Kindergarten class again this year too! I love having chickens, although I much prefer raising them from eggs or chicks - those three that were are imprinted on my daughter and follow her everywhere she goes and let her pick them up. She LOVES them and takes great care of them (it is her job to feed them). I have a lot to learn though!