Mother2hens- Thank you for the visuals and the calendar. It helps a lot. AMWChikin- I'm still trying to work that out myself. You let me know how it goes for you if you do try. My DH seemed pretty serious, but I'm still working on him. OldSalt- You are still hilarious. Who needs Calgon when we have such a funny and informative group here?!? IndyBirdMan- Its just my opinion, but start now so it will be ready when you have chicks. Otherwise, they will be living at home with you for much too long. There is always a change or addition you will want to make but its good to have a home for them to start. I wish I had known that up front. And make it at least double what you think you need in case you want more later. It seems to happen to everyone here. Welcome! MrTattoohead- I am really sorry that she doesn't seem to be improving. I hope tomorrow will be better for you both. Thank you everyone for the good wishes of my hen's return. Bella came back the next morning and then that same night disappeared again. I know its because she doesn't have friends (that's what I'm telling my DH so please don't say otherwise) and she doesn't want to sleep alone. Nobody will snuggle with her yet. Anyway, the next day she was back again, so I put my 5 year old on catching her (she's really fast) and then we promptly clipped her wing even shorter (and named her). I also moved the dog crate I had next to the fence out of the way, so Bella doesn't have a step anymore. Today we made a lot of progress again on the coop. The hardware cloth is about 90% complete and buried. We still need to attach the door and do some landscaping, such as plants, sand, and mulch. I will be going over the whole thing with another coat of paint or stain because I just don't love the color. I need a better lock on the nesting box and one for the door. DONE. Well until I add the additional run. My DH was starting to bury the cloth in the place where I want to put the addition and when I stopped him, he said "you mean you were planning to do that this year?????" Well, duh....LOL. We compromised. I have to finish the paint first. No problem. I love to paint. We already have the concrete that will eventually turn into a brick if I don't use it for something, RIGHT? I have the posts, screws, and washers. I just need another roll of hardware cloth. Which brings me to another story... When putting the hardware cloth up today, that stuff bounced off and stabbed me in the thumb. Should be no big deal right? It didn't even bleed. It seems like it went in between the joint in my thumb and after ice and aleve, I can now touch my thumb without wanting to cut it off. My thumb will not bend, nor will it quit throbbing. I think I damaged a nerve. I do not like hardware cloth anymore. We are not friends. By the way, I remember someone posting comments about how much their chickens like left over spaghetti, so this week I tried it out after dinner. It was a feeding frenzy. AMAZING. Now when I come to the gate, they all come running like I'm going to give them more. It was so funny to watch. I guess its a good thing we always have some leftovers here. I hope you guys all have a great day tomorrow. BTW- My editor is not acting right. Is that happening to anyone else?