The LW and I have wanted chickens for a while now, but with my biodiesel project on hold, my cistern project on hold, and a big chunk of money recently spent on the house, we/she decided that one project at a time is the best way. Well, that all went out the window yesterday. A family member was at lunch with some folks who wanted out of an old 4-H project and had a coop, two hens, and a duck to give away. We're gettin' chickens! We didn't know what we were getting, but it's alright with us. This thing's an adventure right? This morning we went and picked everything up. They had one leghorn and one that they didn't know about the breed (Silver Lakenvelder maybe?). The duck looks like a mallard drake without the white neck ring, but they kept calling it "her". Anyway, the coop almost fit in the truck and was rather Clampettesque teetering across Tucson strapped to the bed rails of my truck. The girls fit into two 3M tubs with wire tops. It was a short drive and then they were home free. They took off into the garden and started scratching away. I put a new roof on the coop while the LW kept them herded out of the veggies. Soon they were inside and I had time to put up a small fence. It's wire and rebar, but it's simple and best of all it works. We were able to let them out later this afternoon and they really enjoyed scratching around the yard as the cats watched. When the sun started setting they all moved into the coop and the LW and I set up chairs just outside and watched them. Our daughter absolutely loves watching them and it's one of the few things that keeps her still.