Greetings to one and all! My name is Mike and I am the Campus Director at a boys ranch in west Texas. We have 12 boys in our care and 8 staff members. Our boys range in age from 8-16 and we live in a small community (population around 1200) and numerous kids in school have chickens that they show in the county stock show. Recently the boys became interested in raising chickens while at the Ft. Worth stock show. We started looking into them, built our own coop and surrounding run-around. A neighbor in town had several chickens he was willing to sell us at a discount price! Between the boys and staff, they purchased 13 hens, several Light Brahmas , Buff Brahmas, Americanas, Barred Rocks and a hybrid that he couldn't remember what it was. Since then we've purchased several chicks and are raising them separately until they get big enough to transition into the "big-girls" pen. The chicks are Silkies, more Light and Buff Brahmas, another Barred Rock or two, Blue Laced Wyandottes and a couple of Speckled Sussex. We readily admit we are "chicken challenged", but our friend has helped us out a lot, like telling us about BackYard Chicken! We're learning quit a bit about them and the boys are having a blast learning the breed names and especially finding eggs in the roost! Thanks for adding us to your community!