Hey everyone. Thanks for the warm introduction. I spent the weekend working on the coop and it's almost ready for me to start looking for some birds :) As far as breeds that are available out here, I'm kind of gonna have to wing it. I don't speak enough Italian to have ANY kind of conversation about chicken breeds lol. I used google translate to see that there are definitely some good varieties available on their version of craigslist. If possible I was thinking of starting with 2 Orphingtons and 2 Australorps. Honestly though, my next door neighbor has a few chickens and offered to pick up a few birds for me. I think I might just use him as an intermediary since he has way more experience than I do. I might have to bring my cleaning lady to end up translating lol!!
As far as the cage goes, I attached a somewhat recent picture. I have a hinged back door, and will be building the nesting boxes this week. I put the same kind of door permanently attached to the front of the coop with a small doggy door style opening. I plan to build a chicken run and connect it to that doggy door. I'm sure that I will have to modify a few things slightly after I see it in use, but I feel confident that I could have birds living comfortably by this coming weekend. I just need to get my water situation sorted out. I was thinking the PVC pipe with chicken water nipples attached. I have another PVC stack for an "automatic" gravity fed feeder. Again, i'll update it with pics later. It's kinda heavy, so I haven't moved it outside yet. Waiting for my Navy bros to come over and help! If you have any first time advice please let me know! I'm hoping to get friendly birds to introduce my inftant to :-) wish me luck!