We were "this" close to buying baby chics last spring on an impulse buy. My girls begged and begged and I stood my ground. After thinking about it for a few months, I think it might be doable but I know absolutely NOTHING about chickens. I'm only now learning what a pullet is for Pete's Sake! lol. We live in Michigan where the winters get pretty cold, and have plenty of snow. We have two dogs, two cats (indoor only), and LOTS of fish. I love animals and would have no problem caring for the chics if I knew what exactly to do. Since we won't be buying any until spring, I've decided to take this time and start researching what I can until then. I'm starting with the coop. I really don't want to spend a TON of money on an elaborate piece of art and I admittedly don't want something from the junk yard in my back yard either. I've seen a few on ebay that look reasonable but maybe a bit small. I'm only planning on 2-3 chics to keep it manageable. I've put together a list of questions I have. It would be great if some of you veterans would be willing to give me some advice. -- Amber 1. Ebay coops, junk, worth it, too small? 2. Will the chickens destroy my grass? What if I do a tractor? How often do I have to move it to keep actually grass and not a dirt/poop mixture? My yard is rather large and is fenced in but I do live in the "city". 3. Living in Michigan, will a well insulated coop suffice? Getting a heat lamp out there might be an issue.