Before my family got the idea to try and raise chickens, we knew nothing. Well maybe a little as my boyfriend grew up on a farm. However the difference between what his dad did there and what we need to do for our backyard flock is quite large! So much of what I know and now feel confident about, I learned this site which I found on a random internet search when we got the first babies. We lost our first batch of chicks (dog) and started over. Yesterday I found our first egg in the window well of the basement window. I would have never looked there had it now been for this site. I just assumed they'd lay in the coop! So then I read on here someone said they keep them penned up until after normal egg laying time. So I left them penned today until I got home and sure enough! She layed in a box in the coop!!! I feel a sense of accomplishment today that I can not express in words. I know that would probably sound ridiculous to a lot of people, but in this uncertain world where we are often struggling to put good food on our table I feel very grateful for so much good advice and I cant tell you guys how many times I've come hereto find the answers I need! I feel somewhat more "equipped"! Bring on the social unrest, zombie invasion, or whatever apocalypse you might envision. I can be self sufficient!!!!! This site is great. Thank you everyone. From the bottom of our fuzzy little feather butts!!!