I have been lurking here at least 2 months, trying to learn everything I could about having chickens in our back yard. Now we have them! Well, we have 3. Their temporary coop is a wire dog kennel covered by a tarp and their run is a dog run that our (spoiled) dog refuses to use. We will need to build a wood coop before winter comes because we live in northern Colorado and get lots of snow and sub-zero temps! We were told when we bought our chickens (from a grower we found on Craigslist) that they were older than we now suspect they are. Just means we have to wait longer for that elusive first egg. Heidi is our Red Star. We were told she is 19 weeks and due to lay any day, but her comb and waddles say otherwise! Turkey is our Cuckoo Marans. We were told she is about 18 weeks old but again, comb and waddles say otherwise! Pumpkin (or Jelly Bean, we aren't set on a name for her yet) is our EE. She is supposed be 9 weeks old. We'll have to wait and see! None of these chickies are used to humans or treats so they avoid us completely and also avoid any treats we put out. It's sad, but I think they they will come around with enough time and exposure to us! When it comes time to add to our chickies I plan on getting day old chicks so they grow up used to us! In addition to our 3 new pullets, we have a 5 year old Anatolian Shepard, Zeus. A 3 month old kitten Harley And 5 kids ages 3-13. I am so happy and excited to join the ranks of backyard chicken owners!