We had been talking about the possibility of getting chickens for a year or so when out of the blue my husband started building the coop and run. I decided we should should probably start with maybe 4 or 5 pullets but then one thing led to another and we have 12! 5 Blue Wyandotte bantams, 4 ISA Browns, 2 Easter Eggers and 1 Barred Rock. At least our coop and run are large. The run is 12'x17'x9' thanks to a cement foundation that was already in the back yard from the previous owner's greenhouse and the coop is 64 sq.ft. L shape made from multiple 4'x8' plywood boards. We still have a few things to finish up on it and then add the toys and other fun things for them. Still not sure what to use as a substrate in the run because its just dirt at the moment but I figure thats going to get pretty gross pretty quick once they move out there. So much to learn still but I LOVE this site and have referenced it for many questions I've had I decided I might as well sign up so I have someplace to show off my cuties. Of course my human children are now getting into trouble so I'll have to post some pictures later.