My name is Laurie and my daughter Sammie and I are in the very beginning stages of having our own back yard chickens. She has made a lovely brooding box (where to put it?) and we are awaiting delivery of our six chicks: Lucy, Ethel, Duchess, Pickle, Nugget and Butterball. Meanwhile my daughter is going to make a large coop and run so that our dog (yellow lab) can have his own area and the chicks theirs. We are so excited and reading, reading, reading to try to be prepared for our chicks. This looks like a great group of like minded people. Thank you for letting me join.