I am new to this and learning all I can from internet searches (what in the world is scratch and is it necessary, what type of coop bedding is best...so much I don't know!). We wanted to start with baby chicks so I have 7...3 buff's (so sweet), 2 Delawares (I was told the chicks were New Hampshires but as they aged it's obvious they are delawares and they're mean...peck the crap out of my hand, toenails, chase the baby chicks..) and 2 black astorlorpes (seem very skiddish and like "loners", won't even take snacks from my hand). We love our flock and the oldest are 22 weeks old so we're anxiously awaiting our *first* eggs! Send good vibes our way And any chicken advice/info.. My kids (ages 5, 3 and 1) ALL love our chickens. Even my one year old will feed them from his hand . I look forward to being a part of this group!