Hey to everyone out there who purchased baby chicks for the first time in their lives this year. I am one of you (we). After looking over several coop designs here on BYC, we decided to build our own coop (after ordering a variety of 25 baby chicks from Ideal Poultry). This has been a challenging experience in our marriage of 35 years, to say the least. We have accomplished quite a bit of "handyman work" around our place in the past 26 years and it always seemed to work out just fine. I don't know if it is because we are older, or what, but this coop building is really getting to us. Thank the Lord that we are animal lovers or they would be finding new homes by now. Our coop is coming along and I will definitely post the photos when we get it all finished. It certainly has been a challenge to build and the babies are getting bigger each day. I think we will both need a vacation after this is all finished. Perhaps just sitting outside the run and watching the chickens will be enough (like a mini vacation). I forgot to mention that we also picked up 5 Americana mixed babies locally and they are living in a box in my living room. I take them out each day to a temporary pen and bring them back in at night. The 25 littler ones are in the shop in a bigger box. Tell me we aren't crazy, please. I love them all and they give me a smile on my face when I watch them showing off their little personalities.