Hi there! I live in sunny San Diego and I am very new at raising chickens and really have no idea what I'm doing! Our family now has three beautiful birds that were given to us by the local elementary school -- the kids were studying life cycle in science class. Near the end of the school year, the chics hatched but had no home. We are known as animal lovers and I'd expressed my desire to get into raising chickens (we would love to have organic, home raised eggs from chickens that are healthy and treated right!) -- so we adopted them in May 2010. Raising them under a heat lamp from little fluff balls, I've grown to love my three chickens, very much. I guess they are about 6 to 8 months old. I still can't tell what breed or gender they are, and would love some advice (one is black - TRex, one pale yellowish - Raptor, and one multi-brown - Sarah). I also would love some advice on the best way to make sure they don't get too cold now that we're entering colder months here in San Diego (I know! we are spoiled here, and it never gets that cold, but just cold enough that we enjoy a lovely fire in our fireplace at night.) I will upload photos following this post so you can meet them! I've been reading your forum off and on for a couple of months, and you seem like a very knowledgeable, kind group of folks. I would love to learn from your experience and wisdom! Thanks for having me!