My husband has always wanted chickens. Growing up we had chickens, and all I remember was they pooped everywhere, and the ones we ate were TOUGH! Then our neighbor gave us one of their chickens they had just killed. I grilled it on the rotisserie and my husband said, You know I dont like rotisserie chicken! We both changed our minds. That was the best chicken we had ever eaten. We did a little research, ordered some Cornish X and 2 weeks later some layer pullets. I would find my self out every day watching the chickens. And enjoying them. And was amazed at the differences in the 2 types. I did some more research, and found this place to be the best source of information. Every time I had a question, I would find the answer here. We started with an order of 25 roosters. One died at 4 days old. One flipped at 6 wks and one at 8 wks. One was dinner to a dog. One got ran over and one got stepped on by the lambs, but they both lived. (Those 2 as they were much smaller - became our guinea pigs at processing time.) I raised mine in a 10x10 hoop coop built out of scraps. I used a portable dog pen we used to take camping with us to let them out of the coop for more room. Eventually I let them free range during the day and in the coop at night. I learned a lot in the process of raising these guys, sometimes after the fact. I wish I had found this forum before I jumped in head first as it would have saved some headaches, but now I know better. I know what to do next time. And will there be a next time? I just received 30 chicks the other day. So thanks guys!