Ok, I am new to this site but the forum thing I get as I am on many hotrod boards. However, my wife and I have had chickens for years that free range in the yards and stay in the barn. Recently our chickens have started breeding and the group has grown to maybe 25 or more, many or which, half lets say were born here over the years. This year 13 new ones on their own. My issue is this, we have never really taken the egg thing very seriously and we have to play EGG HUNT every time we look for our eggs, usually finding too many at once that were obviusly left for days and probably not safe to eat. I am now trying to get the chickens used to a safe place to stay and are trying to train them to go into one barn that I can close off via man size door that I close them into each night and let them out in the morning. I am doing thias mainly for the eggs but also due to the fact that we have two new yound roosters to go with the old vet who was also born here and they compete in the crowing gig and its horrible. They wake us up at all hours of the night. Is this typical? In any case, I have to decided to take this more serious. The chickens share a large area with several goats, but now that they will have their own secure barn area, approx 14x20, they may start to feel secure and more at home in one place? I HOPE. I am also looking for options for man made I guess you call them POP doors or automatic doors that I can set to open/ close at specific times. We live in snow country, so thats also an issue. I know everyone likes pics, so I will get some later and post them either here or woth specific questoins in the correct area, but just wanted to say hi. We currently live on 2 1/2 acres but own 175 acres of hills, pond and intermediate wheat grass in Cambridge Idaho and hope to get up there soon and retire and eggs will be a food source, so we are in the learnign process these days. Dave and Linda.