Hi everyone!! Today was a very exciting day because I am finally finished with my coop!! Luckily for me, when we moved here there was already a "shed" that was built as if it were a mini house. The floors are concrete, the walls are all insulted, and the roof is built exactly like the one that shelters our main house! Everything else I did myself since my Father is a truck driver. I'm a 22 year old female college student - not that it matters, but I'm just proud because this is the first project I've ever took on. A little background (I'll make it quick, I promise ) These are my first chickens ever! None of them are laying yet. They're all on fermented feed that has animal protein. They free range through out my backyard during the day. We're in sunny California and also in the surrounding Los Angeles suburbs so not many predators. 6 foot fencing all around! Rarely any cats and I believe that my dog marking his territory further deters them. My room has a sliding glass door that connects to the backyard. We have sensor flood lights that are super bright and turn on at the slightest movement. We have lots of shade and a huge covered patio that has cement floors (I spray down their poop everyday). Here are some pictures of my backyard! My parents have a wonderful green thumb and we have many fruit trees (peaches, papayas, oranges, soft persimmons, water apples, chinese apples, grapefruit, lemon, etc. !!) The coop: ^ The whole structure is about 14 ft. high and 12 ft. by 12 ft. ^ Unfortunately, even though the "shed"/coop was beautifully built - it lacked windows. The man that cuts our grass did a bit of construction and offered to cut two windows for me for only $60! I asked on here and everyone said it would be best to have the windows facing opposite each other - so that's exactly what I asked for! Inside the coop &the roost/first anything that I built single-handedly! ^ Currently, I have around 18 chicks of various ages (8 weeks - 1.5 weeks) I used two milk crates and two $5 home depot buckets as BF nest boxes! The box to the left is for the younger chicks to hide from my older one's! They have their own food and water in there! I also took the advice of those on here and bought a 10 inch battery operated fan that's placed to blow outwards so that it'll suck in air from the opposing window for ventilation! (Little Partridge Silkie baby being brave and playing in the sand) ^ I also have three other nest boxes that are much lower! Two wine crates for my 5 Silkies, and a huge nest box just in case! The hanging thing my mom had lying around for her hanging plants, so I recycled it to put veggies in for my girls! The rope enables me to adjust it as they grow. * You can see my first four girls here! Three BSL's and my BPR! Unfortunately, my 14 other chicks are not as tame as these four ): ^ The highest roost is about 5 feet and the whole structure is 6 feet long. I have play sand and a Sweet PDZ (zeolite) mixture to catch the droppings so I can just use a kitty litter scooper to put into a compost bin. The bottom will be covered with wire soon so they don't play in it! ^ Just a close up! ^ Baby chicks enjoying their new space! ^ Big girls! ^ Peeking through the window! Everyone's super happy! For photo purposes, I took pictures without the nest boxes covered above but the middle one's will be covered, as seen here, until my four big girls are old enough to lay. When the rest are old enough to lay, I'll uncover the three nest boxes to the left. ^ The Hello Kitty light is only there from when it gets dark to around 8 (I'd be a fool to ruin a lamp that pretty!). The rest of the night they have a heat lamp to keep everyone cozy warm! The bedding I'm currently using is Koop Clean! I'll see how it goes but my girls definitely love digging through it! Today was their first day out of their large cardboard box brooders so they are a bit unsure but they seem to LOVE the space. I'm so happy and so thankful to be a part of this community that has helped me every step of the way! This whole experience wouldn't be as enjoyable if I didn't have you guys. I sincerely thank you all for such a warm welcome to all newcomers, as we know many communities can be very mean/unwelcoming! Words can't begin to explain how grateful I am for everyone that has commented on my posts, or replied to my comments.. even taking the time to read! YOU GUYS ABSOLUTELY ROCK!