Greetings! First, I love this site and have been lurking a couple of months now. You all are such an incredible resource, and I'm so grateful to have found this site--THANK YOU!! In two weeks we'll be getting a couple of hens. I was looking around for a coop, asked someone at church where she got hers, and then she offered me the coop along with the two chickens inside! Well, my DH couldn't say no to that since all he has to build now is a run. My original plan was to get a pair of buff orps, but these chickens need to be rehomed. They were loved, but literally cooped up all the time and they are now two yrs old. Just let out "once in a while" to play with their kids and now the kids are tired of them. You know how that could happen. Anyway, we'll be loving them and my 6 yr old has already made them beds out of shoeboxes--I explained to her we'll save those for the babies Couple of issues: The bantam "something" has very long curly claws. My plan is to wrap her in a towel and hold her while my husband clips. Does the quick go to the end like in dogs? Should we clip them all the way or a little at a time, so as not to touch the quick? Is there any issue of infection if I do cut the quick--since she'll be scratching in poo? Vaccines Have never been to a vet. They appeared healthy when I saw them, just molting. What basic vaccines do they need right off? Should I deworm them as a precaution? Anything else they should be checked for right away? Coop placement: we have a tree right in the middle where we want the coop to be--DH will chop it down. It will be in the middle of the run--should we leave a stump for roosting? How high? I hate to chop it down but it's about 15 feet high and I can't figure out how to keep it and still safely cover the run. We have hawks and skunks, never saw a racoon or fox, only as roadkill That's all for now I'll try not to be too much of a pest, but I keep thinking of more questions. Thank you so much for your help! I'll gladly take any free advice.