Hello all! My name is Autumn and I live with my boyfriend and 2 kiddos in Oregon on 5 acres. Our little farm is growing by the day, and I'm super excited that we've started keeping chickens. Currently, we're brooding 10 chicks. While I hope they're all pullets, I have a sneaking suspicion that at least one of them is a roo (a cute little Polish cross that likes to strut around the brooding area and has some fairly long tail feathers coming in). Once we're done brooding, we'll coop them in a large shed-like barn that we've adapted with roosting bars. They'll be free range during the day after they've decided that's home. Then, when we're to the point of laying, we'll add the nesting boxes! Any advice or "hey, I wish I knew this before" tips are always welcome and appreciated. I'm more familiar with the larger animals (cows, pigs, etc), and this is my first foray into chickens. While I've done a lot of research, I know that there is no substitute for all of the experience I can gather from others.