Well I have actually been signed up on this site for several years but forgot about it. I signed up back in 2010 when I planned on getting some chickens. Then life happened and I never got around to getting them and got busy with other things and WHAM it's 5 years later and I still have no chickens. So a few of weeks ago I stopped by our local farm store to pick up some things and I hear chirping coming from the back of the store and on the floor there are painted chicken tracks, so I follow the tracks to several big tubes full of chicks. After looking through all of them and doing some contemplating I decide against it at that time. I figured if I came home with chickens and no place to put them my wife would kill me. So still no chickens once again. Well later that week my wife goes with me to the same farm store, so I kinda accidentally happen to take her by the chicks. Well she fell in love with them and wanted some right then. So then I started second guessing the decision to get some, thinking about not having a coop built yet, not having a brooder to put them in while they grew, not knowing where I wanted to put the coop and run, not knowing where we would put the brooder box as it was still getting pretty cold at night so the garage was not an option and about a million other what if's and worries. So I talk her out of getting any with the argument that we weren't ready yet, and to think I thought she would be the one to talk me out of them not the other way around. So the following week my daughter, son-in-law and two grandson's came home from Virginia to visit and do some house hunting as he is in the Navy and getting re-stationed near us. Well we some how end up back at the farm store (can you tell I really like this farm store?) and the grand-kids had never seen chickens before so of course I had to take them to the back to show them the baby's. This time I am severely out numbered as my wife, daughter and grand-kids are wanting to get some baby's and of course I caved in and agreed on getting six. We pick out our six and buy all the stuff to go along with them for the brooder. We set the brooder up in the retreat off of our bedroom. As the week went on I started really enjoying sitting in there and fooling with them. So after a week of having six new chick's and seeing how easy it was to care for them I'm starting to think maybe six isn't enough. My wife wasn't to thrilled when I told her the news about needing more chicks but she reluctantly went back to the farm store with me and out we walk with six more chicks. So now we have 12 chicks, One Buff Orpington, Five Barred Rocks, Three Silver Laced Wyandottes and Three ISA Browns and still no coop. I plan on starting it this coming weekend so pray for me!!! Any way that's my story.