I finally decided to get chickens! Am starting with chicks: 3 Buff Orpington hen babies and 3 Speckled Sussex hen babies (are these "pullets"? I think pullets are 20+ week old hens). Also one Speckled Sussex rooster. Never had chickens before. My husband has been around them so he had the "coop" built, against my objections as to initial construction. (I like the word hen house better.) Looking at BYC, I can see for sure: The hen house is all wrong in construction, not tall enough, no way they can roost, too many nesting boxes (for now), not enough floor space. We'll need to rebuild it! We do have enough outdoor space fenced in for them. Can't let them free range since we have hound pups who would want to be "friends". Fortunately the chicks are going to live all snuggy warm in a big box in my big bathroom for 4 weeks or so. I'll be getting them the first week of April. Looking forward to reading forums on keeping them. Found a great cardboard box brooding box idea already on BYC! Heard about backyardchickens from a friend in NC who's had chickens for a few years. Bumped into site before this through google. Her thumbs-up led me to subscribe. I've been reading forums on hen-house construction, baby chicks ... Love it! We live in rural southern WV, have a garden, flower beds, fruit trees. I am a fiber artisan, make silk paper out of silk roving to create landscapes (can't be precise with them since fiber doesn't want to lay precisely the way paint will when applied).