Hi! I am Paula from Jacksonville Florida. I have wanted backyard chickens for quite a while, but couldn't convince my husband to do it. Finally I just asked him to take me to tractor store which had chicks for its National Chicken Sale Week. He was not happy, but he told me that he loved me enough to help me get started. We purchased 2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Rhode Island Whites, and 2 mixed red and white. They are in their brooder with their heat lamp... seem quite happy and active. I am trying to decide what type of choop and run to make, and especially if I end up making it with my girlfriend by ourselves. We have 3 dogs and I think the chicks have already adapted to them as they don't even jump and scatter when they bark anymore. Anyway, I am glad to have a place to learn. Now... onward to that coop!