Hello My name is Christine, and I'm a newbie in all sense of the word - regarding chickens at least! I'm currently living in Chesapeake, VA (hubby is active Navy) with 3 elementary age kids and a wonderful hunting dog (vizsla). I have day-old chicks being shipped to me next week, and I am SO excited! Any tips are greatly appreciated.. most importantly, does anyone have hunting dogs and chickens?? I'd appreciate any tips on introducing them as pets to each other - not prey! This is a fantastic site that I found through a facebook group local to me. There is so much information! I will receive 6 chicks soon, all supposed to be docile, good layers. I plan on having them in a coop with a covered run on each side, so they hopefully won't be easy prey or wanderers. I know it depends on breed, but do chickens wander far, usually? I'm wondering if I can/should let them out of the coop into the yard. It's not fenced in, but we are on a side street that only gets traffic from the people that live on it. Any tips for transitioning them outside to the coop, would be great as well. It'll be winter here when they are ready to move outside. It usually doesn't get below freezing, so I'm thinking they'll have an easy transition. I've seen lots of comments on using heat lamps vs. the deep bedding method (which seems to be preferred). Any suggestions with that are also welcome I love that there is a community like this established, ready to help those new to the world of raising chickens. I'm looking forward to connecting with you!