Hello, I am new to the group and live in North Texas, near Dallas. Hubby and I have 8 children and are hoping to adopt a sibling group of three children from foster care this year. I started raising chickens when my dear friend gave me four hens and a rooster about 6 months ago. (2 RIR hens and the roo is a RIR...not sure what the black hen with red speckles is...any ideas?) I am really enjoying having them. Can't get our rooster to fertilize and the hens won't sit so I purchased 25 chicks recently. 10 Buff Orps and 15 mixed breed chicks. Started a new addition to the coop for all of the new additions and it is coming along well. I DO NOT do snakes so am making it completely snake-proof which requires some extra work...totally worth it though, in my opinion. Also has to be predator proof as we live on the edge of the State Park and a nature preserve so many predators around...coyotes, foxes, opossums, skunks, etc. Hope to learn a lot from you more experienced folks!