Hello from sunny Southern California (Orange County). My family is new to raising chickens, but we view this as the next step in our evolution to know where our food comes from and to be more self reliant. We just picked up our first three girls last week including a Bared Rock, a Buff Orpington and a Silver Laced Wyandotte. So far so good, the chicks are doing well in their make shift brooder and growing daily it seems. We are busy building a coop which is about 95% done, just needs a few finishing touches. I will post up some pics when its compelte. On that subject, anyone in the area have a 4x5 piece of hardware cloth they would be willing to part with? I only need that one piece to complete the coop, and don't want to buy a 50 foot roll. Cool site, and can't wait to learn and share with the community!