Hi! I am new to raising chickens, and in the process of making a paradise for them in my city backyard! I purchased 7 chicks at random, mostly coming from TSC in Washington State. I have no idea what breeds they are; they were just cute and I couldn't leave them at the store! I ran into Backyard Chickens while learning what I can about these "girls" (hmmmm) I have a lot of interests, so it does make it difficult to pursue any one thing, but for this summer, the chickens win! We have 4 felines, and only one gets to go outside, as he is a very good boy. We have semi-introduced the smells of the chicks and let him see them, so he will leave them alone later when in their new coop and run. I trust he will be good because he leaves the squirrels alone now. Plus, he is a bit stout to be able to catch anything! I call myself "ChickenBeliever", because I never thought that you could be so drawn to chickens socially. Was a total surprise to me. Thanks for reading and I look forward to learning how to raise healthy and happy friends with the help of your site.