Hi there! I was born and raised on a Ranch in California with many fun animals (chickens, ducks, geese, pigs, goats). Now I am married with 3 kids, and we bought a Ranch last summer. So, here I am, getting my feet wet in the Ranch life again and starting this great adventure with Chickens! The chickens will be here on Tuesday, here is a list of what I ordered. 10 BARRED PLYMOUTH ROCK STRAIGHT RUN 5 WHITE PLYMOUTH ROCK STRAIGHT RUN 5 BUFF ORPINGTON STRAIGHT RUN 10 NEW HAMPSHIRE STRAIGHT RUN 5 RHODE ISLAND WHITE ST. RUN I plan to have them for both meat and egg purposes. I will keep approx 12 layers and 1 Barred Rock Rooster. How did I do? Any tips? I have been reading books and forums like crazy, so I do know a lot of the basics already.