Hello all Just joined forum tho I have been reading it for a few weeks now. Got our 1st chickens ever this spring. Started with day old chicks from local feed store: 4 RIR 4 BR Didnt like the RIR temperment so well so we sold them all and 1 BR Then aquired 5 st run Ameraucana chicks 3 days old. 2 ended up roos so they hit the road. Now have 3 BR bout 5 mths old and 3 Ameraucana bout 3 mths old running round my back yard. Including some of the pictures of our coop we built and its run. (though run still not done) The free range my (and my neighbors yard on occation)(with permission of course) during the day. I am lucky and I live in Aloha, OR. Which as it turns out is an unencorrporated city with limited laws pertaining to animals....... I have no limits on how many I can have I just have to have my coop 30 feet from my property line..... Which its not but my neighbors love my chickens so they wouldnt care if the coop was on the line! They even call them over the fence into their yard from time to time and feed them! Though we plan to keep the number at around 6 (as far as my husband is concerned) (10 as far as I am concerned and thats what counts since I take care of them most of the time). I will be getting some more chicks this week (Hopefully if they can get em for me) 4 Blue andalusians day old... and the problem..... 8-10 bearded silkie chicks of any age. As it turns out Silkie chickens are pretty hard to find locally here in Portland, Oregon area...... Few or no silkie breeders that I can find so far anyway. I have ordered them from a local store that is actually a garden store whos owner loves chickens and thus breeds/raises/sells them. He knows and orders from many local area breeders on the west coast. I also get my 100% locally grown organic food from them which I found to be 200% better than the crap my feed store sells. I will be rehoming my aggressive BR and 1 of the Ameraucanas I believe is not pure bred to keep 2 andalusians and 2-4 silkies. 2 of my BR are sit on your lap and eat out of your hand, be carried around by the kids sorta chickens but 1 is kinda nasty and mean to the Ameraucana chicks as well. I chose the BR for egg production, Ameraucana for interesting eggs, andalusians and silkies so my 7 year old can start showing in 4H this fall. Since they are nearly impossible to find any in my area I know they are more rare than other breeds and going to be good choices for her to show. We were gona do the same thing with the rabbit but after we got her we found out they are pretty strict bout breeding for rabbits and all we know is ours is a rex mix but don't know with what. So know she is just a spoiled pet and wouldn't have it any other way (fat lazy thing she is). Anyway, my coop. Coop itself is 8 ft x 4 ft x 7 ft tall at peak. all cedar with insulated metal roof. Chicken run (when done) 14 ft x 8 ft x 6 ft tall. with chicken wire that has only quarter size holes. Chicken wire will be burried 6 inch in ground as well to prevent critters from digging in. Though I have a very protective blue heeler who guards the chickens and the yard. 6 nest boxes (tho they are still not laying yet) Our custom built feeder is the pvc pipe. holds bout 25lbs of food! and all natural branch perches. Leme know what you think.... Ok so pics will come later as Idk what my husband did with them???? maybe put em on his lap top? Thanks Amanda Oh and for the rest of my brood Husband, Me, 2 girls (7 and 4) and 1 more due end of september, 1 old blue heeler/border collie x, 1 indoor cat, 1 rabbit, 6 chickens.