Like so many, we've taken the plunge and have found BYC to be informative and helpful. The coop is built, the pen nearly fenced and 9 chicks are in the stock tank (kept in the heated mud room for now) ..growing fast. At two weeks old their feathers are developing, wings and tails are filling out. It's been an experience to watch their behaviors and pecking order develop. We laid chicken wire over the top of the tank to prevent escape and found that it helps to keep the hens docile. Just added grit to their feed as recommended. We've started off with 3 buff Orpingtons, 2 Americaunas, 2 Rhode Island Reds and 2 Black Jersey Giants. I probably overbought and at some point will sell or give some of these away... or go into the egg business. If you're still reading, the city of Norman, OK has started a program where they give away feral cats in pairs. They're intended for barn use (mousers) and aren't family pets. The city immunizes them and spays/neuters them before sending them out. I have 2 acres so they wouldn't be in tight quarters. I would be curious what the general opinion is of cat/chicken relations. (Fully grown chickens of course).