Hi everyone. I am Brandie and I've been a lurker for sometime now. This site has been tremendous in helping me start our new flock! I have 4 3 weeks old chicks right now. 2 red sex links and 2 olive easter eggers. They have been doing great in their brooder box while I have been fine tuning their coop. My next task is to attach a predator apron around the coop. I live in a residential neighborhood, so I would imagine raccoons are probably going to be the biggest problem. I'm married to a naval aviator who is often deployed, and we have 2 daughters, 3 and 5 months. I am a professional portrait photographer, and I love to sew children's clothing. I have been really enjoying this site. Whenever I take on a new hobby I tend to spend every spare moment researching so that I can absorb everything.