Hi, I just joined backyard chickens. I am really excited to learn a lot as I raise my chickens. I am from Lower Michigan. My DH and I started with chickens for the first time 3 years ago, but we lived in town and we were told we had to get rid of them after having them for 5 months. Now we live outside of town near a lake. After seeing two of our neighbors have chicken coops we decided to have chickens again. 3 years ago we started with 6 chickens and ended up with 15. We had mostly Australorp and one Barred rock that we called Mama (she was the only one who would sit on the eggs. The rest stood above her (even though we had 10 nesting boxes) and laid their eggs and she sat on them all. Last week we started on this adventure. We went to the local Farm store and bought 4 Rhode Island Red and 3 Production red (Straight run), 4 Australorp, and 4 Barred Rock. My DH came back home later and surprised me with 9 little bantam chicks. We weren't going to buy any, but they were my favorite. We have no idea what kind the bantams are or if they are male or female. So, it will be interesting to find out what they turn out to be. In a weeks time, we had to move them from the container we had them in and build a box for them. I can't wait to see where this adventure goes.