Hi. My name is Sue. I just got 3 New Hampshire Red chicks last week that were a week old. I figured that they are about 11-12 days by now. I haven't had chickens since I was a teenager (a long time ago). I have been thinking about it and thinking about it and finally went and got them. I have been reading, researching, and doing more reading and learning these past several days. I am in for some challenges, but nothing I can't overcome. I am hunting for a good coop, preparing for safety (have an oak tree) and handling them often. It didn't take long because Piper (yes names already) will hop up on my leg. I sit with them and read my homework. I have cats and dogs. I am doing everything to ensure their safety and not encouraging interested behavior from my pets. They're pretty much starting to ignore them. I work full time, go to school part time and eventually will be in the nursing program. I have 2 sons in their 20's, no grandkids, and I love to read. It seems since I am turning 50 this year, I want my own eggs and my own vegetable garden. I think that covers it.