I forgot to mention that big black rock is some kind of volcanic rock. I bought it as a perching rock for them, although I am hoping they will just like to play in the pond.
The rock place had a bunch of nice looking pink granite rocks, but I couldn't find one that was smooth on the top and bottom for it to stand well. That black one was in the container with them, so i just picked it up since it had 2 fairly flat opposite sides.
A majority of the other rocks/boulders were limestone and i think i saw mention that limestone is to be avoided.
I dumped all 4 bags of the pebbles out this afternoon because they were still wet from last weekend (or maybe it was 2 weeks back) when i bought them. It had rained when i picked them up and they never dried, sitting in the garage.
So I figured it might be a good idea to dump them out and spray them off with the water hose and let them properly dry.
My uncle is supposed to be picking up a truck of the screened topsoil tomorrow, so with any luck, I will be performing some back-breaking work shovelling it all in the excavated area tomorrow around noon.
One thing I haven't narrowed down fully is the door. I am thinking of making a small door above the sight barrier on the entrance side. It will be one I have to step over the barrier to enter. I was thinking of making it with some decent sied boards. Nothing as thin as regular fence boards, though. I saw a pic of someone with a chicken coop with a typical fence gate door. I want something a little stronger. I just haven't decided if i should mesh the top portion or just make the door all wood. I am leaning to making it just all wood, although that will make it a lot heavier.