After weeks of research, careful and detailed planning and trips to the feedstore, I finally decided to join the madness and raise chickens I just joined this forum yesterday so I thought this was the perfect time to say hi! I bought the first 6 of our 8 "girls" today at the local feedstore - 2 Black Sex Links, 1 Rhode Island Red and 3 Buff Orpingtons. I have two more Rhode Island Reds coming in this weekend. We, of course, had to name them....Jasmine, Nina, Annette, Alice, Lottie and Rosalie. We have figured out how to tell who is who with everyone but the Buffs! I have to say after having the little Red, Annette, fall asleep in my hand while petting her...I'm already very addicted and attached I'm looking forward to learning from all the experience posted on this forum and having lots of fun here and with the "girls".