Hi everyone, I'll spill the ugly truth right off. This is the first time I've ever had chickens. My husband had some major medical problems a few years back and is now unable to work. He commented a few times that he really wanted something to do with his time. I was at the local TSC and saw the cutest little things. I came up with an idea of something that he could do. He built the chicken castle, and thier courtyard. We started out with 6, then he sent me for supplies and I came home with 6 more. (we lost 2 though.) Now we have ten. I have no idea what kind of chickens they are, (brown) and (kinda yellow). I'm trying to learn as much as I can. I have a feeling one of the girls is actually a boy. But not 100% sure. I guess we will wait and see if he starts crowing or laying eggs. Any information is greatly welcomed. I've been reading some of the other posts and have a few questions. 1.) Do I really have to let them free range? We are in an area of wild cats, dogs, and Coyottes, I don't want them killed. 2.)Why would one of them have the red comb and neck thing so much earlier than any of the others? (Does this mean it's a rooster, or just an early bloomer?) 3.) Should there always be feed available or should i taper them off to feeding in the mornings and evenings? I'm sure more questions will come along as I grow into a chicken mamajo. I'll try to find answers before i burdon anyone else.