Hi everyone! Not only am I super brand new to this forum, but I'm also super brand new to raising chicks! We've recently moved onto the "family land" which consists of 100 acres. DH and I both grew up in small towns in regular ole neighborhoods...not country folk or knowledgeable of livestock or farming or anything. But here we are!!! We have 3 young kids (ages 6, 4, and 18 months, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and soon to be the proud new owners of 10 fluffy little Buff Orpingtons! We plan to puck up supplies for the chicks tomorrow and then buy the chicks from a local shop on Tuesday! We're excited and nervous and want to do everything right! On top of wanting to raise chickens we have also started planting Goji berries and are looking into blueberries, figs, and lavender. (All things that grow well in our zone). DH is constructing a hoop house/green house for our lovely plants! He and a friend are also working on building a chicken coop and creating a fabulous habitat in our large orchard for our chickies to forage in when they get old enough. (It's already fully fenced, just needs netting to protect our girls from hawks and owls! We also have a coyote den on our property so we need to make sure the surrounding fence is extra sturdy! Eventually cattle and other livestock are on the horizon once we get a cattle fence installed! LOTS to do!!