Hi everyone! We're first time chicken raisers - our boys (ages 4 and 6) wanted chicks for Easter. Our local feed store has them and of course, the kids fell in love when we would go there. So the Easter Bunny left a note that they could go pick out two chicks. We researched and debated and decided as a family to start with 1 araucana, 1 buff orpington and 2 silver laced wyandottes and we absolutely love them! I had no idea chickes were so snuggly! I'm a stay at home mom to those beforementioned little boys, 1 Jack Russell terrier named Beer and 1 Maine Coon cat named Nuts, and now these adorable little feathered friends. (Buttercup, Magda (short for Magdalene), Tink (Tinkerbell) and Lucky (because of her horseshoe on her back) My husband is in the process of building a coop for our 1 week old little buggers. Our neighbors have chickens and guineas and our only concern right now is that ours will join up with theirs and move next door. If anyone has any insight into that little issue before they move outside, please feel free to share! This is a great site - wonderful resource! And I'm so happy to have found it and this new community of knowledgable chicken-lovers.