Hello everyone! My name is Kristina. I have a wonderful husband and two young children. My son is just over 2 years old and my daughter is 9 months. My husbands' grandmother lives with us. Grandma and I have been wanting chickens for a while. DH finally gave in and said, "Fine. As long as I don't have to do anything for them." Fine by me! My brother in law went with Grandma to our local feed store and went half's on the 'coop'. Okay... it's a two story rabbit hutch. We modified it by putting hardware wire across the larger opening since we do have racoons in the area. The next day, Grandma, the kids and I went to get our first chicks. We came home with a Barred Rock, an Aracuna, and a Rhode Island Red. We used our bathtub as our brooder. It worked... for about 2 weeks. Then we put our girls outside with the heat lamp in case it was too cold. We had decided that the coop was big enough for no more than 4.. . maybe 5 chickens, if we let them free range our yard during the day. Next thing you know, BIL went and ordered two more chickens for us. Grandma really wanted a Polish and a Silkie. Well, she got her Polish, but not the Silkie. We got a silver Seabright. We now had 5 chickens. The MAX we could see having space for. Then DH goes to the feed store with us. All I needed was more Grow Mash, a larger feeder, and some meal worms. We came home with 2 rabbits and the hutch and everything to go with them, AND 2 more chickens!!! DH's reasoning??? HE WANTED A CHICKEN OF HIS OWN! And we should just let Grandma get that crazy Frizzle one too! We are now the proud owners of a CA white and a Frizzle, (which I think is a roo!... could be trouble for us.) Needless to say... DH and I are now building a new coop and run for the chickens. We have too many cats in the neighborhood and two of our back walls are only 5 feet tall, and we don't want our chickens going over the fences. While we could not find anything in the city ordinances that specifically say, "No chickens." When I called, anonumously (how in the heck do you spell that?), they said, "No chickens, only pigeons." But they couldn't point it out to me either in writing. So, we are careful with which neighbors we tell. They all could pretty much care less. I don't call the cops on them when they are out back smoking weed or the dogs next door that bark All Night Long, or the ones with the dog that tries to jump over and bite you.... so they shouldn't call on us. We are pretty much a.. you do what you do, and I'll do what I do, and I'll leave you alone, type of neighborhood. Mostly. We also had a pig at one point, and we weren't 'supposed' to have him either, but we did. Our new coop will be 4" wide, 3" deep and about 7" tall. It's not really as big as we would like, but it's the space that we have for them. Their run will be about 10" long, 3" deep and about 5" tall. I'm hoping this will be big enough for them to all be happy. We are planning for 2 nesting boxes and hanging outdoor feeders and waterers. Because of where the run is... I might try to convince DH to build a mounted feeder on the wall to save some space. I plan on doing the deep something or other stuff in the coop and we will have roosts for them inside and out. We live where 50 degrees is COLD to us, and we don't tend to get too much rain. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you and raising chickens with you!