Hello! I introduced myself yesterday. I am so excited to sap some knowledge from all of you! Thank you for taking time to lend a hand. We have an old coop on our property that was built a long time ago. My husband, boys and I are getting ready to reinforce it and do some repairs. We are thinking of using 5 gallon buckets for our nest boxes. We can get them free from our local grocery bakery. Have any of you done this? So, my thought was to buy chicks in February. We are in south central Texas. Does Feb seem like a reasonable time to start raising a flock? Also, anyone have any simple DIY brooder designs or suggestions? Thanks to you all!!!