Hello all.... I wanted to stop in and say hello to everyone. Every time I go to check something on the internet regarding my birds I come across this site, so I figured it was time I sign up! I have 15 hens and 3 roosters in my flock, as well as 3 pekins, 3 blue swedes and my step-daughters 3 rouins. I built my coop by cutting a small chicken door in the wall of a small barn (12x20) then adding an outdoor run surrounded by chicken wire and covered by bird netting. I built an automatic waterer and also built a raised pond for the ducks. I plan to let them roam out of the coop at some point, but I had taken in some flood evacuee dogs and still have one that has not been able to return to her family, and she like to bark and chase around the outside of the coop, so I am terrified that she would kill one. I love my birds!!!!!!!!! it is so relaxing for me to go and just sit and watch them or sit in the coop with them. I love watching the ducks play, running around after I give them a little shower or watching them splash around in the pond, and watching my chickens chase after a butterfly if one happens along in the coop. I don't know how to explain it, my kids are jealous that the birds will come up to me but not them and my boyfriend thinks I am hilarious, but I don't care! I don't tease him about his cows and llamas!! But really he was great when it came to turning his old barn into a coop on the land that his grand parents homesteaded! I have other questions about suggestions on feeding and heating during the winter so I will look for a forum on that.... Happy to meet you all and I look forward to chatting with you and listening to advice!!