I am a chicken newbie. I have been soaking up everything I can from BYC. I bought chicks 3/8 & 3/9 from local feed store and Tractor Supply - I think they were all hatched 3/1 - 3/5. I bought 2 Dominiques, 2 gold sex link, 2 Easter Eggers from feed store then 2 brown & 2 black Sussex from Tractor Supply. They are now approximately 3 weeks old and I am surprisingly very anxious now to find out how accurate the sexing of pullets is. There are 2 that I have rooster concerns about so we shall see. I bought a homemade coop online from someone no longer raising chickens and have just set posts to build the run. Depending on weather I hope to move them to the coop in a few weeks but my understanding is that it is better to keep them in there a week or two before letting them in the run so they know where home is. (I welcome thoughts on that). I am hoping this will be a fun experience for my little granddaughters too. We live on 2 acre lots and my neighbor has lost all of her chickens (free range) so I hope my run will be predator proof. Mostly hawks (we have a large owl too) although we have plenty of coyotes. I also have concerns about our hot Texas Summers but if we make it through that then hopefully eggs by Fall.