Hello, I am new to this site and to owning chickens... and well baby geese too, (they will arrive later next week along with 4 more chicks, I'm really excited). So let me tell you a bit about myself... I am a singe mom with a 151/2 yr old son, we just bought our own home 1 1/2 yrs ago and my mom now lives with us since she lost her home. We have 6 cats (all indoor) and now baby chickens and soon baby geese. I work in an office Mon.- Fri. for a wonderful company. We got 7 baby chicks from a nearby town a couple of weeks ago and have keep them in a large Rubbermaid tote with wood shavings, food, water and a stick to roost on. (and a heat lamp) I have done allot of research on chickens and geese, mainly from this site, and I think I have gotten off on the right foot. We did lose one of our babies when a neighbors cat got into the little play yard we created for our bunnies. (Really sad ) We have since constructed a new top that is not so easy to get into, if your a cat! See what I mean about having just enough knowledge to be dangerous, I must have been just a bit over confident in my abilities, too bad one had to die for me to learn my lesson. We have also done some work on our little shed, (6 X 8 in size) it is now a chicken coop and rabbit home for our two silky bunnies. This past weekend we sealed the concrete floor and laid linoleum down for ease in cleaning. We have mounted a closet rod, we had extra for them to roost on at about 6-8 inches off the floor, and now at about 2 months I have 3 little ones who use it. (They are really cute too all cuddled together on the bar.) Since I work all day and my son is in school they don't get allot of attention from us until evening when I go out to feed them and the bunnies, then sit and talk to them all. I let one bunny out at a time to get a little exercise and the chicks run flapping from them. Of course they run away flapping from me to so I wasn't really surprised when they ran from the bunnies. Later next week we will have 4 new chicks arriving and 2 baby geese. I am really excited about this. Luckily I have all that I need now for the new babies when they arrive except for a water dish for the goslings. Just not sure what would be best for them. I have little over a week to figure it out so we should be OK. Anyway i only wanted to say hi and introduce myself a bit. I am sure I will have questions in the future and am glad there is a place for me to go to get the answers. Thanks for everyone who has posted with hours of information for all us newbies.