Hey everybody!!! My family of 8 just began our venture into backyard chickens!!! I told my husband I wanted to get chickens back in the spring but the timing wasn't right for our family so our plan was to get them next spring. Fast forward to three weeks ago...my mom called and asked if I still wanted chickens because a fellow she worked with didn't want his flock any longer. He GAVE us 50 roosters that he had gotten for meat, 11 laying hens, and the coop!!! Talk about being thrown into the deep end if the pool! We are having a blast as we learn and the best part is how much our kids are enjoying the chickens. Our 17 YO son already has a favorite and our 6 YO daughter wants to handle all the feeding and watering (of course she's too small to do it all by herself yet), our 4 YO daughter loves getting the eggs out of the coop, and our twin 2 YO daughters love to sit in the chicken pen and play with the roosters! It amazes me how none of the kids are scared. You would think we've had chickens their whole lives!!! I still want to get some chicks so that they will be a little more like pets but right now this has been a good opportunity to make sure backyard chickens is "for us!"