We just moved onto an old and small derelict farm in Michigan. The previous homeowners had a few sheep and a runaway population of barn cats (that we just spent nearly $400 neutering/spaying). They took the sheep with them, though I'd like to have a few. We're starting a flock of chickens anyway. I've never raised chickens before but used to raise cockatiels and have a passion for birds. I am converting a section of a lean-to, attached to the barn, into a coop. The chicks are still inside however until I get it secured. We have 12, 3 week old chicks - 3 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Barred Rocks, 3 Silver-Laced Wyandottes, and 3 Easter Eggers. I can't wait to get them outside at this point because of their mess and their noise level. They're in a room attached to our bedroom and every morning at about 4am they decide their water is too dirty and start cheeping loudly until I clean it. I just looked into watering nipples for the coop. They're a handful but very enjoyable, especially the Buffs and Easter Eggers who are getting friendly enough to approach me. The rest still cower in the corner when I'm tending the brooder.