Hi everyone, I'm Mandi a mom of 4 kiddos (15, 14, 4 and 2). After years of talking about getting chickens again my hubby surprised me Sunday and told me he had ordered me a coop for Mother's Day. Yesterday we went to a local Farm and Garden store and came home with 8 precious little chicks. It's so fun having chickens again. We had 12 back about 12 years ago when we lived in Alabama. But we ended up moving to NC and my Brother in law took our chickens and raised them instead. Our neighborhood here had a covenant that wouldn't allow "offensive animals". Well that covenant expired over 5 years ago and we've been talking about getting some chickens ever since. The nice older man at the Farm and Garden store helped me pick some out and then I just let my 4 kids choose. We ended up with 2 Barred Rocks (my favorites so far they are so funny!), 2 Production Reds, 1 Amber Link, 1 Black Australorp, 1 Brown Leghorn and 1 little yellow chick that even the guy at the store wasn't sure what it was. However my youngest had picked it out and wouldn't change her mind just so momma could know what I was buying. lol So far they seem to be doing well. One of the Production Reds (Babette) has Pasty Butt. So I'm trying to deal with that and hoping that all 8 make it. I look forward to getting to know everyone!