Well I like many others, have been creeping around forever taking in information. I thought I would finally post. I have never had chickens, but my wife had some growing up. We now have 2 daughters, ages 3 & 1. Our three year old loves animals and really wanted some chickens. We have a nice property and I didn't want just any old chicken coop. So I built a nice chicken coop and pen on our 10 acres. I already had a pole barn that is sometimes used as stable etc in the horse pasture. I built the coop next to it. We started with 19 chicks from the local farm store, then went away for work for a couple weeks and my father in law bought 2 pairs of banty's, both were rooster/hen pairs. He also bought 3 turkens babies and 10 straight run chicks that were free locally. Soooo.... We came home to 36 chickens! Then.....I found an older couple that were getting rid of all their chickens, so we ended up with all of theirs too! So as of right now we have Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Aracauna's, Banty's, Silky's, Cochen's, Polish Crested, Turkens, and Buff Orfingtons. I think that's it! So we currently have 71 chickens and I had to use 1 of the 3 stalls in the pole barns for a second pen! Long story short, we're out a couple grand but are loving getting the eggs and watching the chickens when we turn them out in the yard.