Well I had been tossing around the idea of raising a few chickens. I did a lot of research (the vast majority done at byc) and dived in. Last Friday I went to a local store and got the chicks, 2 rhode island reds and 2 black sex links, the food/feeder, water, etc.. I took a big black tupperware container that I had my hunting gear in, cut the bottom out, put a layer of chicken wire on it, put the top back on and covered it with pine shavings. I set them up in a spare bathroom shower. I've got the heat lamp attached to a board, that way I can lift the board up to decrease the temp as they get older. While they're getting big inside I've been working on a coop outside for them. The property I rent has a spare shed that I decided to use. I built it into a corner of the building to save on materials and I got lucky and built what I've got so far from my dad's stockpiles. I built it off the ground for a bit of protection from animals and rain. I'm going to cut holes in the outer wood and put hinges on them so I can reach in and grab eggs when the time comes. I've go the front covered and am going to do the top just the same. I made the entry holes to the nest box 10" by 8" wide...i'm hoping that'll be enough. I am debating on whether or not to make the whole side there on a big hinge for easy cleaning and putting them up at night. What do you all think?