Hello! We got our lovely birds about two weeks ago, one week after our second son was born. Our girls Jack (gold star) and Zoe (barred rock) were born in the Spring and started laying a few days after they arrived at our home (friends had been caring for them since they were hatchlings). We are busy working on the soon-to-be-attached-run and winterizing. We are very much learning by doing and have relied heavily on the BYC threads thus far, thank you! This has all been great fun, even the chicken poop directly out the back door has become endearing as they like to peek in the house from the deck when they are free-ranging. Our biggest concerns now are preparing for winter and encouraging the girls to use the nesting boxes (faux eggs have not worked, I did add a curtain and fresh fluffy bedding today). I look forward to geeking out with other chicken-lovers and benefiting from all your wisdom!