new to all of this. hope i cover everthing on this site so you will know certain things about me and my small flock. my wife and i used to raise birds for sale till the market went south. we are retired OTR truck drivers with lots of time on our hands. so we decided to look at keeping some chickens for eggs for ourselfs and a few others. since we had a caged in place that we had for the birds i decided to turn it in to a coop for cks. after i found BYC on internet i built my coop with the help of things i found onBYC. i put nest boxs on the outside of cage for easy acces. 5' long w/ just one divider in middle. works fine. my water is from low presure nipple cups. my feeder is a copy of one that i got from BYC that sits outside to fill with feeder inside. at first they scattered feed all over the place till i closed the opening up so they can just get there heads in to feed. works fine no more mess and no more wasted feed. after coop was done i bought 6 RI REDS ready to lay and so they did. the very next day i had 4 eggs. that was on 4=11=2011. since then we get on avg. 4to 5 eggs a day. i can't say enough about how BYC has helped me get this started. THANKS AGAIN BYC. will try to post some pic. in the future. jack foley in spring hill fl.