Okay, so I have had chickens before.. it has been a few years though, and I don't recall what breeds we had. Anyways, I wanted chicks last year.. but, never bought any, and now this year I have decided to take the plunge. Hah. So, pretty much I want to know where to find some good basic information. I'm currently trying to navigate around the site & forums to read up on all I can. But, it is sort of over-whelming at first. I called our local TSC and asked what breeds of chicks they had in stock.. the sales girl told me they had : Americaunas (hope I spelled that right!) , Cornish Rock, Rhode Island Reds, and Red Sex Links. Which would be the best breed to get for a semi beginner.. my dad grew up with chickens, so he knows more than me. But, they are really just going to be "pet" chickens. Also, I plan on putting them in one of those metal cow water things, is that okay? With shavings in the bottom. I know I'll need a heat lamp, feeder, water supplier, and food. =) Pretty much any types of pointers you can give, or links you can direct me to, would be wonderful. Sorry this is all kind of random.. trying to get the point across without a long story. I feel like an expecting mother getting ready to have quite a few little additions. Haha.