Hey everyone! I haven't posted in a while, but I have been reading through. I got 25 EEs in February, and all are happy and healthy and well. They spent the first 3 months in a brooder in my living room... and I will NEVER do that again! But we got the coop built (when everyone tells you to build it BEFORE you have chicks, they know what they're talking about!), and have fenced in a good-sized yard for their run. So now that we've all settled and the boys are learning to crow, naturally I needed more chicks. I'm going to sell or give away all but one rooster, which leaves me with about 14 hens. We built the coop for 25, so naturally when I realized I'd have more room I ordered some buff orpingtons. Throughout this first batch of chickens, I have learned a few things. I do not ever want to brood chickens in my house in the winter, ever again. Having the room for them before you need it is essential. Chickens are really funny! Planning to expand while still building the first coop is probably a sign of mental illness. The people here are so full of wonderful advice!