This is my first time raising chickens. I babysat a friend's chickens this past winter while they were in Florida, and I fell in love with them. After that pleasant experience and much research, I went and ordered day-old chicks from my local feed and seed. I wanted Rhode Island Reds, but they only had what they called "Brown Laying Hens" ... so I ordered 8 hens and 1 rooster. They're sex-links, or Red Stars. I didn't know their actual name until I did more research and asked around; from hatch the hens are yellow and the roosters are white. One of the hens died on its second day of life. It wasn't easy to deal with, but I understood that not all of them survive every time. She's in a better place now. I received them on April 19th. They're about 2-months-old right now, and already enjoying time outdoors. They have a huge coop; it's insulated and made extremely strong with full-size windows and their own "chicken door" to go out to their enclosed yard. It has electricity, heat for the winter, and I even gave them their own radio. They're extremely spoiled and get leftovers all the time. They do associate me with food, but they (even at two-months) aren't too keen on being handled. How do so many people make holding their chickens look so darn easy? The rooster, Foghorn, even lightly pecks me at times when I try to pick him up. It's all good. Foghorn - the rooster - is the white guy peering into the camera. Two of the hens are to the right. The one with the most white (second from right) is Miss Prissy. She's larger than the other 6 hens. Here are a few of them getting ready to rest in one of their favorite spots in their yard.