Hi everyone, I'm new to the chicken world, although most of my neighbors have them. I just picked up 6 rhode island reds yesterday. we're planning on building a coop asap, with a run, but they'll also be able to free range in the yard. we've also got 5 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 3 guinea pigs, 2 hedgehogs, 7 various types of geckos, and several fresh water aquariums. so it's a regular menagerie around here. my parents have always wanted to have fresh eggs. i had put my name down at the local farm store and they called yesterday saying they had received an order. my parents agreed and let me get them, and surprisingly my mom is like super excited, and has been researching them and coop plans. it's really funny.