So, this is new to me in creating a thread. Crap, I don't even know what a thread is! But haven't been on BYC for years since I built our first 2 coops 5+ years ago. However I do appreciate the 40,000 plus view and many of the sweet comments made about my original posts of my coop design photos I submitted back then. I used this forum and my construction skills to build two coops for my wife and grand kids because they wanted to have a flock and place to keep them safe. I learned so much by searching this site and incorporated so many great ideas I saw here to build our coops. I have been known to take things a little overboard at times,so I built two pretty cool coops "in my eyes". Little did I know the response I would get from the pictures I posted of my ideas and our build progress. Overwhelming to say the least. I am still getting ovations to date. So, that being said I am posting this to encourage anyone thinking of getting involved in the rewarding " hobby" of enjoying a backyard flock to do so. What a great way to start by joining BYC family. You have taken the first step, sa I did. Read, look at coop designs, get on forum and ask questions. Then just build the best coop you can for your skill level, budget, site, flock considered, etc. Advice: consider your climate, site, how well you can protect you new flock from "bad guys",free time you have to devote to caring for you flock, and on and on. But most important, be ready to take care of them no matter what. It is a commitment. Hope anyone seeing this will consider all of what I have said. I'm no expert by no means. But ,I am committed to what I started out to do. Please take time to look at all coop designs before coming up with your own. Don't work beyond you skill level,butdoattemptto build the coop you can. You can always make it better. Feel free to look at my two designs, use ideas from them or find better ones. I am fine with questions from members, via site or even personal calls. I am old school. I like talking to people . South Louisiana Fireman still on job and have no problem with calls as long as relevant to topic at hand. E-mail me for my phone number if care to talk one on one. Be glad to help get you heading in right direction. Any good American would do the same for our own. God Bless Americaa. Erik.....[email protected] Good luck on your becoming new parents and caregivers.