Today my husband, 4 year old son and I brought home our very first chickens... 8 chicks from the local tractor supply co. 4 red ( 1 biggest with black and brown speckled wing tips, 1 medium with yellowy band down head and back with white wings, and 2 "twins" with white wings, both smallest of the reds, with ones wings longer than the other) 1 larger pale yellowy chick that looks like a duckling, 1 larger mostly black chick with sunny yellow super fluffy fur and 2 "bantam" chicks, super small, one all speckly brown with black and bits of yellow, lots of patterns, and one teeny tiny feisty little black one with subtle white tipped wings. I do not know the names or kinds. Just excited to start the journey and learn as we go. We were given a huge chain link fenced in hand built coop with ramps and roosts and nesting boxes and smaller mesh and plexi glass top two week old beginner coop with food shells feeders water trough and the works for 50 bucks by our neighbors. We enjoyed their chickens visiting our yard and compost pile all year and learned how friendly and fun and enjoyable they are. We even learned they could fly and one black beauty made it all through winter and had recently and regularly began to climb, hop and flutter her way up into our huge pine tree boughs every night after all 5 of her sisters had been pecked off one by one these past few months by wildlife and neighborhood dogs. She was our Little Edith, whom our screen name is dedicated to, and we found her body last week. Our neighbors gave up. But we hope to do all we can to keep our girls alive and happy. Especially because we have dogs of our own. Any comments welcome to assist us in our journey. We will post chick pics and coop pics as we go. Today is day 1.