So I say 'Hey!'. Been surfing this sight in Moraco Mole stealth mode for a couple of months, and decided it was time to man up!! Wifey and I went out and picked up 1 week olds last week. 5 Lavender Orpingtons and 3 Splash Red Laced Wyandotes. This is the gang at 1 week old. I think, after looking at the photo, someone's supposed to yell, "WOOT!" We had been surfing all the Coops, and I decided what I wanted to build based on a couple of 3 examples on BYC. Of course, never having built a coop or raised chickens before, I decided to make several 'I have a better idea' modifications because, after all, I know better than ya'll. Right?? We've been in drought mode this summer, so I took my time. Went out and bought some concrete, hardware cloth, screws, nails,lumber and stain and started to paint the boards, when all of a sudden the skys opened up. Now it's been raining for 4 days, and it plans on raining at least 4 more. Don't get me wrong, I like the rain, but no one on BYC told me how fast these little critters grow!! You gotta be kidding me,,,,,I almost have enuff feathers to make a pillow!! I already built a second brooder 'cause it was obvious the mortar tub they were in was not gonna suffice for very long. Looks like Tuesday before I can get going, so I'll just spend the weekend watching NASCAR (Which I would have done anyway, but the rain is a good excuse). I plan on thinning the 'Herd' as soon as the cackles turn to cock-a-dooble-doos, but in the mean time they're gonna need a predator-proof home. I can get this thing 90% done in a week if Mother Nature co-operates, Then I can take my time with the finish work. I guess we'll just wait and see. Anywhoose, here I am and thanx in advance for the help this website offers. Brian.