I have just started with the chickens this year. So far it has been well Honestly Costly in both time and money. .All is good I have a fresh flock of 25chicks. Since this is my first time I wanted a large variety of chick breeds So i can decide what I will keep and weed out.. I must say so far the the Barred Rocks are my favorite. 3 weeks in. I am constructing a large chicken coop and run for the chickens to go in when the weather and temp allows it. I hope in a week or so. my coop is 8'x6' with a large 8 slot nesting box it measures 8'x8'x8' It is nearly complete plan to finish it today.all that is left is some sideing and some meshing.Going to work on building the run this weekend also. I will build fort Knox since i am in the country In Indiana there are many chicken nabbing predators around. In my Flock I have 25 All Girls I hope: 8 ISA Red ,5Barred Rocks, 2 Jersey Giants, 2 Buff Orpington, 2 araucana, 1 rhode Island red,1 New hampshire red, 1 astralorp,1golden laced wyandotte,1 light Bhrama,and 1 Cornish Cross just for the heck of it.( yes I know the CC is a meat bird We named it chicken nugget) I hope to post a lot of Pictures and stories And plan to have lots of yummy eggs from this fall on. I have taken a few videos on my I phone of the coop construction when i learn how I will post them. My Coop is rather redneck But I am A proud American Redneck. I built it with mostly Stuff I found in my father and grandfathers barns as they raise sheep and cattle. I had to spend about 200 dollars on lumber the majority of the cost was the 4'x8' sheets of OSB at 16 dollars a sheet. However I was lucky and able to get the 2x4s , metal barn sideing, and roofing free thanks to left overs from the construction of my dads pole barns.. I assume by the time I build the run I will have around at least 500$ wrapped in materials.I guess for a Coop and Run this size that is not bad. As of now I do not plan to have a rooster this year. But next year I will look into it if all goes well.