I haven't posted much, but I have been reading threads on weekly. I purchased my first six hens in February as 1 week old chicks. I had them in a 20 gallon long aquarium until about April, then moved them to a pre manufactured coop. On the smaller side. I ended up with 2 more and decided to build my own coop and run. Took me almost 2 months as I could only do so much a week. I got 8 hens now and already planning to expand my coop in this spring. Our family loves our hens and the delicious eggs, also surprisingly enough our neighbors do too.