I just bought 6 chicks (5 girls and a boy) over the weekend for the very first time. I am such a novice about this, but thought it would be fun for my girls (age 15 years, 2 1/2, 1 1/2) to have something to raise and take care of. The 15 year old is a barrel racer and rides more than anything else, plus school, friends, and whatever else. The little ones are at the stage that they can take care of the dogs (we have two) and do pretty good. So, I talked my husband into getting chickens. And can I just tell you that after reading the messages posted on these boards for the last few weeks, you guys are so right! I love my chicks! They are so cute and are starting to get used to us holding them and talking to them all the time. The girls are even getting involved by helping me clean out their cage and giving them fresh water and food. Oh, and my husband.....well he is a geek. He just named them (and yes I am serious) Teriyaki, Fried, Nuggets, Strips, Baked, and Crispy is the boy. Thank you so much for all of your advice that you post out there. I have learned so much!.