I am a first timer so please feel free to peck at my ideas! I am planning on 4 chicks (TSC will have them in next week!). Hoping for a couple ISA Browns and a couple Austerlopes (sp). Starting them in my basement in a dog crate. Have a heat lamp, thermometer, feeder and waterer. Lining the cage with paper towel and pine shavings. Once they get outside I will have a 8x12 dog kennel with 1" chickenwire to keep the critters out of the run. I am making a 4x4 coop that will be raised 4 foot high. This will sit inside the kennel run. Coop- 4x4 out of pallets. I will take apart the pallets and use the wood to make the walls and floor solid (no open slats). Linolium on the floor for easy clean out. 1 window (hardware wire) and pull up door on the front. the sides will have vents up high and will be hinged so that I can open the whole side up to clean or get eggs. I am using a milk crate filled with straw for a nesting box. Pine shavings for the floor. Add a couple roosting bars, a feeder and water and that is all set. Did I miss anything? It's basic, but I think I can keep it safe and comfortable for them. I ahve next week off work, so I am planning my building days then!