hello y'all. My name is Gregg. I am recently medically retired from the Army. I started my own business but still looking for ways to control my aggression and be able to take care of others and such, so after a lot of discussion, my very apprehensive wife finally agreed to let me have a few chickens and ducks. So we did the basic google search and figured we would jump in with both feet, but keep this as cost effective as possible. Luckily for us, someone in my neighbor, saw on Facebook that i was looking to get into chickens, and offered me his chicken coop, some fencing, water and food things and some other odds and ends for $50. Score. Next thing is we needed to get some birds. Off to tractor supply we went. we grabbed 5 Red Rangers, 2 California whites and 1 random black one that they didn't know the breed of and was about a week old. We took them home and of course everyone in the family started calling dibs on "their" birds. 2 days later we went back to tractor supply and got 2 ducks. I figured **** they are gonna need to be outside here shortly better start getting the chicken pen done (now i find out its called a chicken run). So knowing my budget was about 18 cents , 2 buttons and a handful of lint. So I knew i could still do this. I had a bunch of wood slats from when they built the fence for my backyard, I had a bunch of screws and nails, and a staple gun. Guess what. It worked. I built a chicken run that is built entirely without a measuring tape. Everything was eyeballed, because hey, what if i failed, i didn't want a lot of time and effort into it. So here we are about 3 weeks in and the ducks are huge, and the chickens are growing like weeds as well. No mortalities. So hopefully next month I will re-engineer the chicken run into something a bit sturdier and eye appealing. Anyways, nice to meet y'all and thats how i came upon this page!