Hello, I'm a new chicken mom. I got (8) day-old chicks from a local lumber store about a week and a half ago. They are currently in a DIY brooder in my basement. They started out in a kiddie pool, then quickly outgrew it. I'm using a combination of heat lamp and mama heating pad. I live on 3 acres out on the country, next to woods and corn fields. When we bought the house half of the shed (9'x10') was already turned into a chicken coop. It is pretty sparse though: 2 brood boxes on the floor, 1 branch stapled to the wall, and 2 windows. We are in the process (if it ever stops snowing) of revamping the coop as well as the run. I'm extremely excited to start this new adventure. I've been reading this website for quite sometime, and thought it was time I officially join.