Hi all, Well, I am just really starting to research... and If anyone has any tips for a newbie, I would be most grateful. I plan on having about 4 hens... and am now trying to find a coop, or build one.. They are very expensive, and there is a lot of crap to weed out.. to say the least. So if anyone knows of a good quality coop that won't break the bank, it would be awesome. I do have a small dog house, that has a double door and can be lifted on top.. and another smaller one with a side entrance, and a liftable top as well.. I think would make good egg laying area...and I was thinking of just making a run around them. Do I have to provide a heat source in winter or just regular shelter?.. these little houses also have insulation inside. and have a pitched roof on one, and a level roof with a slight slope on the other... Has anyone had chicks mailed to them? if so, what was your experience? I live in NYC, so it's hard to find a way to get them, other than shipping.. which I am not too crazy about. I am looking on the site here, as well as Murray McMurray hatchery. I am looking for Blue Laced Bantam Wyandotte's, but they are hard to find... most folks are sold out until next Spring!! I also want to get two Black Australorps, and maybe 2 Red Stars, but that would make 6!!!... Looking for egg layers only... and breeds that aren't too broody! thanks!!