What an AWESOME resource BYC is!! I've been reading here for a few days as I "construct" (using that term loosely here, lol) my first portable (okay, not actually very portable) chicken coop without any clue what I'm doing, and very little "building knowledge"...still, I'm kind of proud of what I've designed and created. I may throw in a pic if I can - of what I have so far. It is almost all finished. Anyway, my name is Polly, I'm a 46 year old Mom of 3, Grandma to 3 (almost 4) awesome grand kids, and I will be getting a few grown (probably 4) laying hens from my sister in a few days. She teases me that I'm going a bit overboard with worrying about their "accommodations", so I told her to expect to visit me next summer and see the hens lounging in lawn chairs with embroidered pool towels near to the "water supply". They will be wearing dark sunglasses with the latest issue of "Cosmipolihen" on a nearby table next to their little umbrella drinks! ha I live in lower Michigan and I'm very interested in self-sufficiency, healthier and more frugal country living, pagan ways, etc. I have a few blogs and forums of my own, and enjoy "designing life" on my terms. Some of my hobbies include crafts of many kinds, studying and using wild herbs, writing, gardening, re-purposing things, photography, etc, etc. I've raised young laying hens once before and also a group of "meat chickens" (NEVER again for the latter - it sickens me how these birds are bred to put on so much weight so fast that can't even "walk")...anyway, holler at me if you feel inclined. I have lots to learn, always, and like to help out others when I can. Thanks for this great resource and kudos to the members here! I've read descriptions and seen photos of some pretty elaborate set-ups! I think I'd like to have a few of you build a house for ME, lol!