New to Chickens, I got my chicks from a hatchery on Wed.I was going to get 4 (Hubby said only 4.) My brother's family went along, he said " could you get a chick for us and we would help pay for the expenses?" I was distracted and full of whatever... I said yes, whatever. I wanted 4 Buff Orpingtons or 2 buffs and 2 Astrolorps. They were out of Astrororps and won't have any until May. I picked 2 buffs and my boys talked me into 2 gold sex links. Meanwhile my brothers one chick became 2 and I got my heat lamp the last supply I could think of. I get home and I realize I don't even know what kind he picked out! He doesn't. Thinks it maybe barred rock from the pics in the catalog and the second one a teeny-tiny one might be a bantam. I am a fool. Now my husband says "They aren't THEIR chickens, they don't take care of them and he can buy the eggs if he wants them." Anyway, I don't care I just figure it is like adopting an animal at the zoo. I just hope I can watch for some chickens that are already laying in a few months and "give" the extra eggs to my mom and family. Bah, what goes around comes around. Several people that heard that I was doing chickens said "you HAVE to check out BackYardChickens including my supply store. One suggestion I would add to new "chick" list is to make sure to purchase the heat lamp bulb. Silly me I just said I have heat lamp. I had to go back for bulb. My family is me my husband my identical twin boys who are in 9th grade. We are shopping or trying to decide what kind of dog/puppy to get for our family. We read and research about it all the time. My neighbor who has a lot of chickens has a hound and does fine. We have been planning the dog for years now, since my old dog died.