I guess this is kind of backwards, since I started posting first before I saw there was an introduction forum, but here I am! I live in Michigan with my husband, two boys (who love their chickies), four dogs, a cat, three parrots, and some goldfish. I've wanted chickens for years, but didn't think I could have then in town until my husband, who is a postal worker, started telling me about other residents who had backyard flocks. I was elated to find that out, but I wanted to make sure so I called everyone from the humane society, the animal control, the city hall, the city police, the state police, and even the building inspector. I found out that I can have chickens as long as I don't have any roosters and they're contained in a coop. Yay! After kicking myself into high gear, I assembled a brooder (we used to do animal rescue, so we had most of the supplies in hand) and started researching a coop. Of course, I fell in love with the simple and cute designs offered by Tractor Supply, but quickly learned those aren't nearly big enough, so we planned on constructing our own and settled on a shed and dog run plan that I've seen a lot of other people use. Then someone gave me a TSC coop so plans changed, at least for now, and I want to see if I can modify that, or use it temporarily until we can find a shed and create a coop out of that. Right now we have nine babies, but a few of those are going to my sister-in-law's farm, as they intended to get more chickens this year, but didn't have any time or place to brood them. If you saw my other thread, my Americaunas turned out to be bantams (they were mislabeled by TSC), and I have two barred rocks, a RIR (who already has a bad attitude), and three adorable, fearless Brahmas (that I'm in love with). So that's all for me. I'll post pics later if anyone wants to see the brood.