The coop isn't complete yet (I have a lot of "decorating" if you'll call it that and clean up)...but it's further than it started out: Here's our 6 year old taking time from being a princess to learn how to be a country girl. She's shoveling the trash from a once burn pit that's soon to be our chicken coop. And not doing a bad job, either. And we're feeding them in our baking trays on the ground. Do they need more feeders, or is it ok to feed on the ground? They just step in it anyway, it seems. Messy messy.. Here's Abraham-he thinks he's a chicken now: I'd like to paint the wall-but they're tin-so not sure what option I have there. And paint the nest boxes, pull the metal (although I commend my hubby for trying to recycle the chain link) and replace with tree branches. They're going through soo much water, that we put a small pool in for them. Is this okay? We have 20 small chicks that have feathers and walk fine-when can we let them run with the big gals? We let 2 out just to watch them play and the bigger chickens chased and pecked them--will they kill them or are they just bullies?