Hi all! Just joined BYC recently. Picked up 6 chicks at our local feed store last Saturday...2 Long Island Reds, 2 Dominiques and 2 Buff Orpingtons. All are thriving and growing and happy. Names are Ruby, Lucy(Lucille Ball), Miss Queenie and Alice and Betty(after the nice lady that helped me at the feed store, and they are her favorite) and Sally. They are a week old today. Lucy the RIL, knows my voice already and comes running when she hears me. Alice was the first to scratch for food on the ground, had pastey butt, but that's taken care of and the rest are just as sweet as can be. I let them peck around in the grass twice daily, we've built a small hen house but are looking for ideas for making a coop out of pallets and attaching a run to it. They will eventually have free run of the yard, going back to their coop at night. Any ideas on coops made from pallets? Thanks in advance for any suggestions and help. PS, we live in sunny, hot South Florida, so protection from the cold is not too much of a factor.