I, too, have been reading threads for about a month now. Decided to finally jump into the conversation! We got 7 chickens about 4 weeks ago: 2 Partridge Silkies, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Cochin Bantams, and 1 Easter Egger. Mainly got the Easter Egger so we can have some colored eggs! They are all doing great and growing every day. About a week ago my father-in-law called and told me he had found some pullets on sale and he had bought us 3 RIR and 3 Buff Orpingtons! So...now we are up to 13!!! Excited to learn about all these little chickies!!!