Hi all. I'm Sue and am in Oklahoma. I just joined the forum after spending a couple hours reading posts. What a nice bunch! I've learned a lot already. I especially enjoyed the thread on designing the perfect coop. I was laid off work last January after 28 years, but decided to just call it retirement, even though I wasn't ready for that. A few months ago I bought a place way out in the country, great place to retire. It's 5 acres right across the road from my daughter's family. (Their idea - honest). The property has a tool shed, feed shed and a run down chicken coop I'm going to remodel. I'll keep the frame, roof and cement floor. Chickens are the first thing I want for my little reitrement "farm". It also has a mobile home on it that isn't worth saving, but it is a good source for materials. I'm going to pull all the panelling out of it for the insides of the out buildings. I'm also going to pull the windows out of the mobile, some for the coop as it has no windows. And it's HOT here in summer. I plan on moving to the new place after I sell my current home, which I hope to get on the market by late spring. Here's a pic, if I manage to insert it correctly. The coop door faces west. On the far side of the coop is a string of trees and then a field. The chicken coop is in the back of the picture. I think the run is way too small and I'm thinking of extending it toward the camera, like up to that clump of 3 trees. I'd love my chickens (when I get them) to be able to roam free, but it wouldn't be safe. Besides the wild predators; hawks, owls, coons, possums, skunks and coyotes, there are also marauding groups of abandoned dogs at times. Poor things. Their "basketball court" in front I plan on painting with concrete paint and using as patio. I just wanted to introduce myself before I start asking a million questions.