Greetings from the Sunshine State... I am pretty new to the poultry world of ownership and the list. My daughter has such a fun time showing some chickens in 4-H this year (we kept them at her friends house) that we decided to go ahead and get some of our own to bring home. So, here is a quick run down of our poultry story We wanted some Speckled Sussex but was unable to locate a breeder so, we ordered some Mottled Java's in an order with a friends Silver Lakenvelders. Our order received Mid May and we were lucky and only lost one chick right after receiving them. Out of the thirty we received we only lost 4 (one Java and 3 Lakenvelders) - friend stated she would take care of them until they were old enough to come home and not need a light anymore for warmth. Okay....got the chicks, now where am I supposed to keep them when they come home. So, off to Lowes to obtain a 10x10 kennel and harware cloth for reinforcement on the sides near the bottom. We have the perfect spot in the barn wash rack (under a roof and cement flooring). Kennel is all set up, reinforced to keep out the unwaned critters, bags and bags of play sand added to the floor and shavings. Okay now we are ready for the "chicklets" to come home. We ended up with nine (4 cockrels and 5 pullets). The chicks settled into their new home and all is going well. A problem erupts as since the kennel is now located at the barn the horsey critters think that the chain link is just perfect for scratching thier big butts on and I am now forced to thing of something to keep them off the kennel. I ended up with a strand of hot wire (not my first choice). Certainly keeps them off. My daughter will go out and sit in the kennel (coop) with the "chicklets" for hours. I have found that I REALLY, REALLY LOVE the Java breed (not having an knowledge of them). Can't wait for them to get their adult color so we can see just how mottled they will be. Daughter is looking forward to showing them. We still want to get some Speckled Sussex and some Blue Orps to show. I know that if we need some assistance are many knowledgeable "peeps" on this forum that will help out.