Hello all! I am new to the BYC family and am knee-deep in my first flock! My mother has had chickens for 10 years and I decided to take the leap. We just bought some acreage in Roy, WA and thought that the time for chickens was perfect. She has a large variety of hens and a rooster that is barred rock/australorp. we took 11 eggs from her hens and used her incubator to bring them up. 2 were not fertilized and the other 9 are healthy chicks! I found BYC through every search I ever did on Google. It always had a link to BYC. My 2 daughters love watching over the chicks and we can't wait for our fresh eggs. Some topics I have been searching: Chicken Coop designs: Specifically water nipples, poop boards, easy cleaning, DIY (scrap wood), and general designs. Today I will be moving my chicks from the impromptu cardboard box brooder to a solid 3'x3'x18" wood built brooder.