HI Everyone – I am brand new to chickens! We in Albq, NM – high desert, waterless, blowing sand and big thunderstorms! We don’t have any chickens, but my little granddaughters want to do 4H. Mommy, but with twin boys, cannot even consider animals right now. So this project we will do together. I just stumbled on to BackYardchickens looking for coops I have worked with horses, trained and raised show dogs, tropical fish, and did a science project years ago on “Development of the Chicken”. I incubated my chicks in my bedroom, where they hatched. When they were older, rooster started to crow and my dad banished them from the backyard and from under the house! In my free time I do river rafting trips in the SW – NM, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming. I am retired from state government, am a licensed therapist. I think this will be a great therapy project. I would love to find a mentor here in the Rio Grande Valley. I was raised in Castro Valley, SF Bay Area, a town once famous for raising chickens.