I'm Jenny and "sort of" have 12 chickens. I'm sure you are wondering about the "sort of" part. I had wanted some chickens but I have MS and other medical issues and am just not able to take care of them myself. My husband is still working a job that takes a lot of time. He had said as soon as he retired we would get some. In steps my best friend of 30 years, Donna. Donna moved from CT to a house she built right next door. Our back yard gates are right across from each other. Donna thought chickens sounded like something she would like to have so we made a visit to a farm store that had some babies. That did it and the research began. We wanted chickens that were what we called lap chickens. After checking some things out we got 3 chicks of 4 different breeds. We were told to be prepared to lose up to 50%. We wanted 6-8 so 12 sounded like a good number. Donna and I have bot shown dogs and the breed that Donna had the mortality rate was very high. So because Donna had such a great experience taking care of a small animals we still have 12 chickens left after 4 weeks. Now they're all named, the coop has been built and the run for them is in the process of being built. Now, I have my chickens, I can hold them, feed them, care for them, hopefully someday be able to gather their eggs but, not be totally responsible for them. Last night we just sit and watch them for like 2 hours laughing the whole time. My husband even came and watched for a while. He is helping build the run. We're excited for the future to see how things turn out.