Hi all! I will be moving soon, and in my search for free furniture, i have found a family that is moving to the west coast. While picking up some furniture and other things from them, my friend who is a landscaper began asking if the homeowner needed someone to take care of the property in their absence. Anyway, while looking around the property, my friend noticed a chicken coop and he asked the homeowner what he was going to do with it. The home owner replied that they were wanting to get rid of it and my friend who knows I was thinking of getting chickens when i move looked at me and said "she'll take it" So the guy turns to me and asks if i want the chickens he has, too, and, of course i piped up and yelled "yes, please"!! So I dont know what breeds they are, but I would call the smallet one a "fancy" chicken because she's a little smaller and has slightly "fluffy" black and white feathers on her body and around her feet. The other one, I would call a "regular" chicken with light brown and reddish feathers. They are 2-3 years old and lay consistently almost every day except in very cold weather which we had this past week. I have never before owned chickens although i have had song birds, so I'm familiar with birds of a sort. Also, I'm a Vet Tech and I remember studying chickens in school, but that was almost 20 years ago, so I've forgotten most of what I learned. If you're still reading, thank you! I know I'll find tons of support here. Can someone quickly tell me if i can use dog food and water bowls temperarily to give these pretty ladies food and water while i gather supplies to make a feeder and waterer? The current owner has just been throwing feed on the ground, but in my excitement over getting them, i didn't notice what they were using for water. They will be housed in a temporary shelter for a few weeks while I'm waiting to move. Can i use pine straw on the floor to give them some insulation (it's a raised, wooden shed with windows that used to house cats)? Thanks in advance for all of the great advice I know I will receive here!