Well, we finally bought our first home and as soon as we got settled we purchased nine chicks to celebrate. We have five buff orphingtons, three bantams, and one americauna. We built our own coop out of materials we had around already. I can't wait to post some pictures. It may get a few laughs...it's a bit redneck looking if you know what I mean, but it works and is nice and strong. The chicks spent their first night out in the coop last night and we already had a cat prowling around. Sigh...those are our babies! Go away! Question: Should we put them in the coop every night? Will they eventually put themselves to bed there? It's safer and has insulation to keep them warmer (although that's relative since we live in California). Will they automatically use the coop for egg laying or might they choose to lay eggs all over the run? As you can see...questions, questions, questions and I need more time to read this site! LOL! Meanwhile my kids are loving the chicks and my daughter plans to do 4-h with them. Whoo-hoo...can't wait for fresh eggs. They are about one month old right now.