Hi, I'm just one more chicken newbie pecking around searching for information. I've never owned any kind of bird before, just dogs, cats and rodents. My hubby and I bought a one acre lot here in Texas just outside of a small town where we've been busy clearing all this ridiculous cactus and bee brush to make some semblance of a yard for the small (600 sq ft) home we've been putting together. We had always dreamed of adding chickens to our small homestead but up until a month ago, it's just been an idea. An idea like one day I'd like to visit England or one day I'd like to add another tiny home. Then one day we decided to goof off in tractor supply. We had literally just returned that morning from probably the last cruise we will ever be able to take when we heard cheeping coming from the back of the store. I wandered over and saw three tubs crammed full of chicks peeping their heads off. Next thing I know, I've got two boxes full of what I was told were leghorns and red sex links. I had no idea about pros and cons of those two breeds and for a while I kept calling the leghorns longhorns and the red sex links were called red somethings. All I knew is that I wanted laying hens and hoped I was being hooked up. I grabbed a young salesman that seemed knowledgeable and had him load me up with heat lamps, tubs, food, feeders and waterers and a chicken book. I unpacked everything, dumped chick food at least twice trying to get their feeders ready, and doused my floor with water while juggling their waterers. Pine chips everywhere. By the end of the first set up it looked like a coop had exploded in my poor tiny house. Thank god the floors aren't finished. It's been six weeks since that day and I have since added some Cornish rock x's, a leghorn rooster (I got because he as neat), and 6 pullets I thought were red sex links but now I'm just confused as to what they are (and which led me here). I have learned a ton in the last six weeks and am the proud mama of 24 chickens. I have to say I am absolutely addicted to these chickens and have loved every second. I am really really thankful for this site as it has helped me avoid some problems and helped me solve others. I hope one day I can be knowledgeable enough to share some lessons I've learned (some the hard way) as I journey through this completely new territory. New chicken owner out!