Oh boy! I hope I know what I'm getting into!! After much research, consideration, and discussion with dh, I took the plunge today and ordered my chicks. They will be arriving on April 8th at the local feedstore, and we will pick them up that day. This is what I got: 3 Rhode Island Red 3 Barred Rock 2 White Leghorn 4 Buff Orpington 2 Ameracauna 2 Aracauna 16 Total Chickens I keep thinking maybe I should get a couple extras in case a few die, but I guess I'll just see what they have extra that day, and if I think I need more, I can just buy a couple more. We will be building an 8 x 12 coop, with 80 sq ft of floor space. We will use 2 x 8 across the end for storage. We live in a cold climate, so the chickens will be locked up for much of December, all of January, and a lot of February as our temperatures are in the single digits for much of that time. I'm pretty sure this coop will be big enough for them to not feel crowded. I haven't decided about the outdoor run yet, whether to just let them free range, or build an enclosure. I have never actually seen a raccoon, possum, or skunk around here, but I have seen them dead on the road, so I know they are around. I also have no idea what our yard dog will do! I plan to put them in a rubbermaid tote for the first 2 weeks, and then move them to a 4 x 4 puppy playpen with a linolium floor, which is out in the garage. I will move their light out there with them. I don't know how long they can stay there--16 birds in a 4 x 4 area, but I plan to move them outside as soon as they and the weather are ready. So, have I missed anything? I am totally green at this! I have been eating, sleeping, breathing chickens for the last couple weeks, but that is all the experience I've had. I wanted to have a rainbow of egg colors, and produce enough for our family of 5 to eat (approx 12-18 per week), and have enough to feed to our dogs (we have a kennel), and have some to hopefully sell. I'm afraid I will have more eggs than I can handle with 16 chickens if I can't find people to buy them. I"m glad I have a month before they will arrive and I can keep reading and learning during that time! Kristy PS, regarding the Ameracaunas, and Aracaunas...I read that whole post, and I realize I may be getting a mutt chicken (that is what I understood from the post) and that's all right. I just wanted the green/blue colored eggs!