I've posted a couple of times but never introduced myself. I used to have chickens when I was a kid (Rhodes Island Reds) and have always wanted some more. I have 14 hens (2 light Brahma, 12 Red Star) and 1 light Brahma Roo all coming in April. Being patient is not my thing, but it gives me time to read, read and read some more. I have a 2 year old son that I can't wait till he gets to see them too and learn about them. He can already recognize pictures of chickens and yells chicken every time he sees a pic. A little story...When I was 10/11 years old my mom got 5 hens and 1 rooster all Reds. I feed them and played with them every day. We lived in Washington State at the time and that year it got very cold. I knew more about the chickens than anyone else in the family (which wasn't much) and one morning I went out and found a frozen chicken on a nest. The next day I found another one (I didn't know about heat lamps and neither did anyone else). I cried and cried and finally convinced my mom to let me keep the remainder of the chickens (fully grown) in my bedroom closet. Yep you read right my bedroom closet for the remainder of the winter. I found eggs in my underwear drawer and was never late getting to school thanks to the rooster in my window. I kept those chickens for several years (never in the closet again) but eventually I went to live with my Dad in Texas and my mom sold my chickens. I've been waiting years to be able to raise chickens again.