Hi Everyone! I am new to backyard chickens and two weeks in to managing my backyard flock! I am in Mesa, Arizona and bought a 10 X 10 outdoor dog kennel at Costco and set it up for my ladies. I'm a little nervous for the upcoming summer, but I have been researching for a good several months before I made the decision so I think we can make it through. Thank goodness for Backyard Chicken... I've already looked up a million things like runny chicken poop and sneezing (don't worry nothing is wrong with any of them, I am just fussing). Take a look Here is the setup. They all sleep together at the top of the roost. That corner of the setup has plywood to protect them from the elements a little better. Because it gets so hot, everything else is pretty much open to allow maximum air flow. I am working on a nesting box for when the ladies are old enough made from a recycled entertainment center. I've got five chickens total. Below is apparently a black copper maran rooster crossed with either an easter egger or black maran. So this lady will be either a full maran or an olive easter egger. What do you experts think? She definitely is at the top of the pecking order. And hopefully not a rooster...she did come at me once the second day I had her. The same person said this is a welsummer - but all the welsummers were mixed in with the black marans and eggers. After looking at pictures, I think it could also be an easter egger. Any thoughts? Very sweet, bottom of the pecking order. Here we have an Olandsk Dwarf my little sister picked out from a feed store. I hope its a girl and I hope it gets less flighty. Its more flighty than most of the others!! Beautiful to see the feathering come in. Seems to be a true Olandsk Dwarf to me. I fuss over the barred rock the most. She always seems more tired than the other girls, and I desperately wanted a barred rock the most. Got her from a very sweet couple. Hoping her personality starts to show more. I also got this lady from the couple. This is the most docile of all the chickens. The couple kept calling her a golden and I kept asking if it was a sex-link to which they always replied no. I guess that its likely a golden comet slash all the other million names for the same type of chicken. Such a sweetie. I really like her and her personality. Well, I hope I don't have any roosters, and I'm very excited to get started with this flock! Let me know if you have any comments or thoughts on my flock or set up!!