My new coop project begins today! My boss (I work at a water district) is coming over this afternoon to map out where he will be putting in my new water lines and hose bibs for the new coop and the new goat house. He will be sending the guys that work there over here next week to do the work after he gets the plan drawn up. He has all sorts of great ideas as well. He is going to install two shut off valves for me. One for the house water and one for the animals water. That way if I decide to go on vacation, I can turn off the water to my house and leave it on for the animals. He also wants to run a faucet right into my goat house so I never have to lug a bucket of water out to them again. Due to our cold winter temps, we decided against automatic waterers for now. He feels that I could be letting myself in for leaks and creating more problems than it might be worth. So my new coop will have a faucet in the covered run and the new goat house will have a faucet inside right above the water bucket. He will also be laying electrical conduit while he has the yard dug up, so I can have electricity added to the coop and pen and he said while he is here, he will also lay conduit all around the house for me as well because he knows our house needs remodeled from top to bottom and inside and out. He is also going to have one of the guys map out a drip system for my whole front yard and get that installed as soon as I can afford it. I am so excited. I have waited for years for this day. Even though I am compromising with my husband and getting the resin sheds for a coop and goat house, I think it is going to turn out just great! We are adding a covered run to the coop and a covered run for the goats as well. This is going to eliminate the majority of snow shoveling for us and we will be putting the houses on the high part of the yard so no more floods in the the coop or goat house. We didn't realize our property sloped when we put them up the current houses and it is just gradual enough that the melting snow and rain runs directly towards the current animal houses. So no more ditch digging as well. I am so happy I could burst! My life is going to be a whole lot easier this winter and the chickens and goats are going to have it a whole lot nicer as well.