I am a young girl and have had chickens on my daddy's dairy farm since i was little this was the animal that i loved and was fasinated with. (even tho the rooster chased me and pecked me everyday). we have had rhode island reds ever since. we did change to a different breed (barred rocks) and they were the most nasty birds we ever had. if i went anywhere near those birds they would peck and attack me. (hens we still had are RR rooster) our RR Rooster lived as long as 8 years at least. now we are back to rhode islands reds. And now my sweet barnevelders who have a real soft spot in my heart. I sell eggs to make extra money and i recently saved it all up to build a chicken coop (8x12). I have 12rhode islands reds. Plan to get barnevelders(6) and rhode island reds (12) So tell me your story? What breed? How did you get started? Are the chickens just for pleasure or do they have more of a purpose? How big is your coop? What would you like to try?