Hi! My husband and I recently procured some chickens and I just love them! They are about 4 months old, 6 hens and 1 rooster, bantam Cochin/Old English mix. Right now they have a coop and run, I let them free-range after work and on the weekends when we are home. Never had chickens before, but we have 3 dogs. That has been the biggest challenge thus far, as I have to keep a close eye on the two bigger dogs when we are all outside. I live in Iowa, so winter is going to be the next hurdle to figure out, as I can see we are going to have to do something different with the living arrangements and short days. I came across BYC when googling various things, such as will my rooster ever crow again after he was scared by the dogs. Clearly there is A LOT to learn!! My husband has more experience with chickens as his grandparents routinely had chickens for meat and eggs. I consider mine more like pets, as they provide a great deal of enjoyment. Hopefully we'll see some small bantam-sized eggs soon, which will be a bonus! I'm anxious to glean any tidbits of wisdom the more experienced members of this site have to offer, and learn right along with all of the other newbies!