Good morning BYC! I've been lurking about the message boards for months and decided it was finally time to introduce myself (and the rest of the family). We are new, new, NEW to chickens. I ordered 24 from MPC in July and they arrived in August. We lost 2 initially but the remaining are thriving! I have EEs, BRs, BJGs, Australorps, RIRs, Doms and a few mixed Bantams (polish I believe). I have three human children (Boy-14, Boy-12, Girl-9), 1 human husband (who would appreciate me NOT mentioning his age), 1 English Mastiff, 1 Pueblan Milk Snake, 1 Hermit Crab, 8 mini-lop/lionhead rabbits (BIG oops on the part of the sexer at the pet shop) and 1 Turtle. We are a military family and have finally been stationed somewhere long enough to have animals. I tell DH, "you can transfer but the kids, animals and me are staying put!" We are planning another barn this Spring for my daughters horses, she's been riding since she was 4. DH, the kids and I have been working on the coop for the past 2 months. Currently the girls are in a 6' baby pool brooder in the basement. They've gotten so big, we absolutely HAVE TO finish the coop this weekend! I'm a bit particular (poor DH) and it's been a much longer process than either one of us imagined. Once able to do so, I will post pictures of the "chicken mansion" in progress. I'm so thankful to have had all of you as a resource the past few months! I hope to someday have as much "chicken-know-how" as you all!