Hello, everyone! I have been checking out and reading BYC for a while now, but have just finally joined. I got my first chicks last week: 4 black sex linked crosses. I had chickens as a teenager and loved it, but this will be a totally different experience. Those chickens were fryers and were butchered as soon as possible. These chickens will be layers and pets. I live in a small city and have loads of rules to follow and neighbors to keep happy this time. Last time we lived out in the country and only had to worry about the young roosters attacking my little brother or digging up my mother's garden. We are still putting up our big box prefab coup outside while we brood our chicks in the house. I am already in love with them and plan on naming them and sharing eggs with the neighbors. I was encouraged to get this hybrid breed after reading reviews here on BYC. Thanks for the inspiring information and the funny stories.