Hi, my name is Donna Hovey, and I live in Plymouth, Massachusetts. I have a husband, Thom, 12 children, ages 2-24, a bearded Dragon, and (6) 4-month-old chicks. My third child, Nicolas, has been obsessed with chickens since he was a little boy, but we were never able to own any due to not having the best property to do so. We bought a house on a half and acre in Plymouth 5 years ago, and entertained the idea of getting chickens. By the time Nic was about to graduate high school, my husband and I decided to get him some chicks before he would leave the nest himself, so we surprised him on his graduation day with (7) 1-week-old chicks. One died the day after we brought them home, and we were so upset! But the other 6 have thrived and are living outside in the small little-red-barn coop. They are all different breeds and are now 4-months old. All the kids love them and play with them outside almost every day. We were told that they would start laying around 4 months, but all I have seen on these forums is that it is much later, like 6 months. So we don't know when to get their boxes ready, as we were told to close them up until they were ready to lay. We also have no idea what breeds they are. So I will post some pictures later that maybe you all can help us identify. Looking forward to learning from this forum!