Poultry Heaven...

Ok, maybe poultry is just inspiring for ME today as I've spent the entire day running around and ordering what I need for my chicken coop.  I've been reading Mother Earth News and the McMurray Hatchery catalog on-line, and educating myself entirely on raising chickens.  YES, my plans are going forward (only because I made them the man's plans first...LOL), and I will be ordering 6 Rhode Island Reds to start our flock.  I'm definitely starting with pullets (females only) as I have been forewarned about roosters and how mean they can be... Guy is working out the details of the chicken coop while I work out the details of being a "Chicken Mom" as I'm sure they will think of me as such with no chicken mom on-site.  Ok, I'm not going to be sad about that!  They are chickens afterall.  Heck, I've even read that they need grit in their food as they don't have teeth (duh) or stomachs that can digest without grit.  I've read the percentages of protein they need, that only mature pullets should have greens in their diet (duh, again, just like a human baby on formula in the beginning).  I've also learned that I should not name them as they will only be really great layers the first year, 10% less the next year, and so on I assume.  I admit, the first outlay of cash was not giant, but you know, I might as well act business-like about it (though Guy was nervous about the idea of "harvesting" as am I when the chicken has fulfilled it's purpose.  Let's not be squimish here--I am a farmer afterall.  There will be no names!). Rhode Island Reds are my choice for the nice brown eggs along with superior laying as I have read.  If anyone knows any differently, please fill me it!  I'm new and I'm not that proud; I'm just digesting any information I can find.  Guy has done this before (as a kid), and I never have.  I can hardly believe that the former Gallery Goddess is going to be a "Chicken Mom" soon...