Hello Folks! I just brought home seven day old chicks -- six female and one male. I got three Barnevelders -- including the rooster. And two Buff Orpingtons, and two Red Sex Links. I am a semi-retired science teacher, so years ago I hatched chicks in my classroom -- but this will be my first time raising them up. I live on a few acres on the outskirts of Olympia, Washington. I built them a coop, but for now they are just in a small container in the living room. After a day or two I will shift them to a two foot by six foot brooder in the spare bedroom. Their coop is about four feet square, with an enclosed run that is four feet by eight feet. The coop is in a yard that is about twenty feet by thirty feet, and I will let them free range in there. There is pasture beyond that. and I hope to let them get out there as well, so long as they do not stray too far, or get attacked by predators. The chicks are named Lucy and Ethel, Laverne and Shirley, and Ginger and MaryAnne. The rooster is named John G. It is winter, so a bit cold and rainy. I plan to keep them inside the house for at least six weeks before shifting them into the coop.