After loving chickens my whole life, I FINALLY got a small flock. I'd gotten too busy with owning a home and working to really think about them. Then my friend invited me to go along with her and her kids to the state fair. When we all went to the barn to see the bunnies, there were the chickens right next to them. So much for bunnies! I couldn't tear myself away and I had a big, stupid grin on my face. That was it. I asked myself, "Why are you 46 years old and STILL don't have chickens?" So I ordered some within the next few days. I have five pullets: Camille the Barred Plymouth Rock, Sarah and Loretta the Red Stars, Bennie the Buff Brahma, and Henrietta the Light Brahma (who is definitely the runt, just starting to get her feathers). My friend and I are finishing up the coop and run today. I plan on putting them out there either tonight or tomorrow night; I want to put them in the run and let them explore a bit before cutting them loose. I did a lot of research on safety from predators and so forth, so I'm not too worried about that, but they are kind of attached to me so I know they might freak out the first night or two. I also worry about Henrietta. If she snuggles between her sisters on the roost, she'll be okay I think, but she might not think to do that. I don't want to keep her in here for a couple more weeks because she cries incessantly if she is more than five feet away from the flock. She's about the size of an apple, with sparse feathers, while everyone else is the size of a cantaloupe and fully feathered. She gets around great, and keeps up, but I'm worried about her getting too cold. Any advice on that would be appreciated. I also have some questions on the Deep Litter Method. Their coop floor is wood; the run floor is earth. I can clean out the coop floor as needed, but it would be nice to have less work to do on the floor of the run. I have a ton of leaves to use, and I have about 3/4 of a big bag of wood chips. I also have a ton of fresh hay. Can I combine all the stuff? Also, just how deep should it be? I have heard to start with 2 inches of stuff and keep adding as it breaks down. Thanks to everyone for any advice. I love my girls and I wake up and smile every day to the cheeping.