I have been lurking for the past two-three weeks or so and while this site has helped me tremendously, I have a feeling I will encounter some more questions soon. I am new to chickens but my user name is one I have had for quite awhile actually as I used to rescue parrots. My son started calling me that back then and I decided it was probably pretty appropriate for use her too! I just got my first six chicks, straight run from TSC about 2 and a half weeks ago. 4 RIR and 2 BR. Then chicken math kicked in I guess...LOL Last week I got 6 more from TSC. I went back twice after the first 6 but didn't want what they were offering. Last Thursday, I said "whatever" and got 4 ISA Brown pullets(hopefully) and 2 more straight run RIR. These last six were only 2 days old...3 at the most? First 6 were probably at least a week and a half old. I was hoping to keep from having such a gap in age but it looks as if there will be at least a 3 week gap. That will probably be one of my first questions later....how to integrate these two groups. We already have a coop....bought it used. It is 6 x 12 and will need to be cleaned, repaired and fenced in. Repairs are minimal, mostly "tightening" up for security. As we get the coop straightened out and prepare to build the run I need I will have a multitude of questions as we have TONS of foxes around...and hawks. Thank you for such a great site and to all the members who are so helpful with keeping the information flowing.