Hi everyone. Just started my 1st flock a little over a month ago. It was the wife's idea at 1st, then I just rolled with it cause the kids wold really enjoy it and it gives me a chance to build something. I actually got the chick's before I built the coop so we put them in a dog crate for the 1st couple weeks and wow! The dust these things create! But I finally got the coop and run built. I looked into prefab coops, but the wood is so thin and cheap and they are so small for the price. I spent almost $300 in new materials from home depot, but I had a lot of materials left over from other projects as well. I started off by ordering some chicks from meyer since the are only 35 minutes from us and I can just pick em up. Got a leghorn, a cream legbar, easter egger, black copper maran, golden buff, and a barred rock. They have a half acre fenced in to roam, but I built a covered run big enough to walk into to clean and do whatever else I need to do. And the one family member we needed to worry about the most is our dog, a springer spaniel. Yes, a bird dog. She's trained very well at being a good pet, but lucky for us, she's a terrible bird dog. Lol! Got lots of great info off of this site and any advice or constructive critsizm is welcome.