Hello fellow chicken lovers! I am new (obviously). I have been coveting other peoples chickens for a long time now but I finally got my first baby chicks this past weekend. I got 4 chicks. Hopefully most, if not all, are female since I can't have roosters where I live. I am told they are "Easter Egger/Ameraucana" and that they should lay green eggs as they all hatched out of green eggs... We shall see! We currently have the chicks inside in a plastic bin (pics below). Hopefully we can finish the coop before they outgrow their current living quarters. Once they go outside they will share their run with our rabbits. We only have a 1/3 acre lot, but we have a large garden and are in the process of building a greenhouse. I plan to grow/raise as much food (for us and the animals) as possible. My partner and I are on a mission to obtain self-sufficiency. We currently live in Florida but are looking for land in the NC mountains and plan to make the move in the next few years. In addition to the rabbits and chickens, I have 2 dogs (one is a foster) and 2 cats. One of my cats has decided she is the house chick-sitter; a title one of my dogs is runner up for. The first thing he wants to do in the morning is check the baby peeps... I just hope he doesn't think they are toys or food... Anyhow, I have been doing a lot of research while I waited for the right time to get chicks. A lot of the learning I have done occurred while combing through the forums here. So, I figured the next step was to join and stop being a lurker!