Hi everyone! My boyfriend and I are first-time backyard chickeneers. We plan on getting three chicks in late February from a hatchery in northern Michigan. In the meantime, we have spent the last three months building a palace, umm, I mean chicken coop for our soon-to-be girls. So far the process has been a blast, and we've really enjoyed learning about chickens along the way. The BackYard Chickens website has been a valuable resource, especially to us newbies. We are chronicling our efforts in a blog: Chicken Scratch Fever. It details our victories and defeats on this awesome journey. Nice to meet you all, and I look forward to some enlightening conversations!