I just wanted to introduce myself, this is my first post here on this forum. My husband and I just moved to the country last summer, and I'd like to raise chickens. I have had chickens in the past, but it was so long ago that my memory fails me on quite a bit of information on this. We've almost finished our chicken coop, and I think I'm ready to buy some chicks to start. I have the plan of putting them in an old bath-tub out in the garage with a heat lamp etc. In the past I raised my chicks in a water trough, but since the bathtub is available, I thought I'd use that. Is the garage an okay place to raise these chicks? How long will I have to keep them under the lamp/in a smaller area until they are ready to put in the coop? I like the Rhode Island Reds and the Leghorns because they are hardy breeds (so I've read), and would like to know if these are good breeds to start with. Also, I'm assuming I won't have any eggs until next year. Is that correct? Thanks in advance for your patience!