Hello to all, from Coastal Oregon, at the end of the Lewis and Clark trail. I'm new to chickens, starting May 2013. We bought 6 chicks from the feed store and they lived in a huge aquarium on the couch for a month, until we figured out what to do with them next. A month later my husband brought home 2 more "gift" chicks, along with 4 turkey poults that were supposed to be released to populate the wild when age-appropriate, but turned out to be double-breasted waddlers who follow us everywhere and come running and warbling to greet the UPS man. I thought that getting 6 chicks, we might end up with 3 or 4, more than we would need. But they all thrived, and with the added 2 now it seems like just right....... until the need for more sets in. They entertain and amuse us no end, and give presents every day - far more than we can use. All winter so far! No added light. We share them with friends. There were 2 each Buff Orp, Barred Rock, Production Red, and the last little 2, Rhode Island Red. Now there's only 1 Buff - - - Coyote breakfast :'( after her first illicit night out on a hidden nest. We live on rural property with 2 dogs (Collie & Cockapoo) one remaining elderly llama, 3 horses I inherited from my daughter, and 3 colonies of feral cats: the llama has his own cats, and one of the cat-groups lost its mother early so they are the kind of feral cats that follow us everywhere, stare in the windows, and climb up my husband's pantleg. Our little henhouse - only, now I am calling it our *starter* henhouse - is a cedar storybook playhouse from Costco, reinforced with a cement floor and hardware cloth. It opens onto a large wire-covered yard, which also houses a chicken tractor we got for the newer chicks but they never used. It is the preferred location for laying. In spite of the large yard, they always want out to roam. I hope for a larger poultry house in the coming year, with walk-in stand-up clearance, room for more feathered friends, and storage. Also high on my wishlist is a covered part to the play yard, we have so many very rainy and windy days here. Cheers to all, glad to be in good chicken company.