Hi everybody! I've been following this site since last Spring when we started cooking up our plans to add a small backyard flock to our brood. My two daughters, ages 6 and 8, and I built a 10-x20 enclosure in our 30x50 garden and modified a playhouse to be the chicken shack. It was great fun and we added 4 lovely ladies in June. A few weeks later they started laying and we've had eggs from all of them almost every day. I had no idea how much fun this experience would be, nor how attached we would all become to them. Even my husband, who was against the whole idea from the start, has warmed up to to them. We live in the foothills west of Denver on about 4 acres at around 7,000 ft. It's getting cold and we've already had some pretty good snows. Access to our garden is down (and up) a steep hill that's been getting burried in snow. I just finished modifying the tool shed under our deck to be winter quarters for the girls; not only is it much easier to get to them, but there's electricity in there and more interior square footage. No access to outside though and I hate the idea of them being cooped up with no fresh air or sunlight for long periods though so I imagine I'll be hauling them up and down that hill all winter depending on the weather. But when the winds get blowing to 70mph and the t-stat drops below zero I'll sleep better at night knowing their snug and secure. Anywhoo, just wanted to join up finally and introduce us. What a great community here and a wealth of great info.