We just bought a new house with acreage, and decided to get some chickens for future eggs! We are brand-new to the chicken scene, and just brought home 5 bebes a couple weeks ago: 3 Brahmas from the feed store (a light, a buff, and a dark) which are about 5 weeks old now, and a lavender Americauna Banty and a blue Silkie (just for fun) from a breeder nearby, who are about 3 to 4 weeks old now. It is already looking like we have a Roo or two (Eek!): the light Brahma (apparently snuck past the inspection at the hatchery--was sold as a pullet at the feed store), and the lavender Banty, both are growing studlier by the day! We're hoping the Silkie turns out to be a she, we definitely don't need any more Roos! And even being so young, the silkie is showing a marked difference in personality--very quiet and reserved and SO sweet! So we will probably end up with another one soon; she seems loner-ly with all the more outgoing, boisterous chickies running pell-mell around her all the time! We are trying hard to read up on everything we can about chickens so we do right by the little chickies as they grow up and become full-fledged family members! We found BackYardChickens quite easily in our googling There is so much to read here, and it is definitely quickly becoming addictive! We also have a Yorkie and an Aussie, and 4 Arabian horses. While we really enjoy getting out to hike, ride, and explore, it is looking like we will be spending most of our time at home this summer--with a million and one home-improvement projects brewing, and of course the first item on the list is the new chicken coop and run! So, luckily, we will get to spend a lot of time around our chicks as they mature. We are looking forward to the information we will have access to here, and to sharing our own experiences (and pictures! ) as first-time chickie parents (at first most likely begging ignorantly for help when we can't figure out why the chicks are doing this or that) as these lil guys grow up! Hopefully we'll learn quickly and someday be able to share our own knowledge and experience to help someone else out Rochelle and Casey "The Cluck Shmucks"