Howdy, folks! Just joined today, but I must admit....(ahem....blush, blush....)....... I've been a "lurker" for many months - since early last spring! That's when I got bit with the bug to raise my own little backyard flock and started searching for information so I'd have a better idea of what I'd be getting myself into. Spent a lot of time on this site, as well as other sites, reading and learning, and really appreciate all the contributions from all the members here. Hope that I can add to the conversations! Unfortunately, the four girls I raised this summer were attacked by a predator a few weeks ago. (My dog had gotten in trouble with my neighbor for digging at the edge of his yard, and I could no longer leave her loose to watch over the coop at night, and those darn predators were smart enough to know the guard was no longer on duty. They were very determined to get in, and managed to pull it off.....so sad....) I'm rebuilding the coop and vow to make this rebuild the Ft Knox of chicken coops. I just got four new babies over the weekend that are a week old today, and have them in a brooder in the basement. I am so happy to be a chicken momma again!