Hi, Just joined. I've been planning to get chickens for a while and every time I look for info I get directed here. Seems to be a lot of great information. Picked up 6 3 day old chicks a week ago. 3 ameracuna and 3 barred rocks. Built a booder for them in to storage/work room, will be building a coop this weekend, but they will not be in the coop for a couple months. I'm considering getting a couple laying hens since now that I have the chicks, I'm getting impatient and don't want to wait 5 months or so for eggs. they will only be in the coop until they get used to it, then free range. Have an area abou 1/4 acre that is fenced to keep my 2 steers out. they will get that area until I'm sure my dogs have learned the chickens are off-limits. then they will have a full acre to roam. Slowly building my mini farm. Keep 2 steers, get a new bottle calf each year, raised 2 pigs last winter, planning on getting 2 more after christmas, Plan to get a rooster eventually so we can let some of them hatch. Love having all the animals around.