Hi all from sunny Minnesota! I just joined (was led here from The Easy Garden forum!) because I am getting my first batch of chicks in a couple of weeks. Never done this before, so I know I'll have tons of questions! I'm getting 15 Red Rangers, and 3 egg layers (not sure what kind I'm going to get yet). We're fortunate enough to live out in the country and have just divided off the back corner of our barn as the chicken coop, and have almost everything ready for the new babies. Still need a roost and a nesting box or two but those can come later. I plan to free range my chickens on our 6 acres, but we do have a bunch of barn cats - does anyone have experience with raising chickens & cats together?? I've heard that the chickens will be able to hold their own once big enough, but if I have to I'll build a run for them to keep the kitties away. I'm so excited! Probably more so than my kids!!