Hello everyone. Four days ago I could not resist starting my backyard flock. Of course, they are in my living room right now as they were a week old when I got them. They are six beautiful Rhode Island Red pullets. I already love them beyond words. I am a subscriber to "Backyard Poultry" magazine ( it was a gift subscription from my uncle) so I read the magazine all winter and longed for my own flock. Well now they are here and I want to do right by them. I am so glad I found this website. I have so many questions. I am finding out that reading about raising chicks and actually raising them are two different things!! I do know that I want them to be healthy and happy. I will be constructing their coop as they grow over the next few weeks. I just want to make sure that I give them everything that they need. I have specific questions, but for now I just wanted to introduce myself and to let you know how glad and relieved I am that you are here. I look forward to talking to you and learning from you and sharing the great joy I feel just being around these wonderful creatures.