I posted this over on the introductions forum but thought I'd put it here as well and might get more responses. Hi all! DH and I have discovered that we can have up to 5 chickens (since we already have 1 dog and the limit is 6 pets) here in suburbia (Sandy, UT). We have been researching and are getting ready to get started. I do have a few random questions if anyone can help! 1. I've read you can used shredded paper for baby chick bedding. Is this okay to do? For 5 chicks, how big/deep should the brooder box be? 2. I've also read you can use low, heavy bowls for food and water for the babies. Will the bowls really work or do we need to get/make something else? I've seen the instructions on making your own feeders/waterers for the coop, but I'm sure those are too big for the chickies. 3. Would you change anything about this coop design? Is it big enough for 5? http://www.organicgardening.com/pdf/coop_plans.pdf The only thing I can see it might be missing is a roost. Is a roost/perch better inside or outside? I'm also trying to decide where we would put the food and water in this design. 4. How long do hens REALLY lay? I've heard 2-4 years and into their teens. When will the production slow down? Any input? I've enjoyed reading this forum. I've turned in to a chicken freak! Thanks in advance!