One of my chores as a child was getting the eggs. Every morning I was pecked by the hens. We had about 50 hens for Grandpa's grocery store. I hated chickens. Now living in the country I walked into the local feed store and there were chicks. I feel in love. Did a lot of research, started making the coop and picked up 3 Buff Orpingtons and 3 Speckled Sussex. The chicks did wonderfully. They were so sweet. Coop worked but we lost all 6 to an unknown predator while they were free ranging in an acre of fenced yard during the day time only a couple of feathers left.