Just by way of introduction, my name is Gary. My wife Dora asked me if she could have a bird and I said OK (I'm thinking parakeet). As I left the farm supply store, the box she had in her cart was peeping!! Now I have to build a coop... Its been a few years now and I built a new coop on the back of the barn using all my experience with caring for them as a guide. I'll post some pics later. Right now we are looking for a few new breeds to liven up the variety but don't have a brooder cage so need some mature laying hens so they can protect themselves. I learned the hard way that chickens are very jealous and are cannibles so I built a high perch away from the nest boxes for them to get away from bullies. I'll post more later.