So I am defiantly a city girl. We moved to a small Texas town a few years ago and I am loving the small town living. Without city ordinances we have only discussed having chickens. Well.......long story short..... I sent my husband to the local feed store for a few things and he came back with 8 Rhode Island red chicks. So I guess we are doing this! I really am excited. We have had them for almost a week and they are super friendly and seem very healthy. In a mad dash to learn as much as I can about chickens I have stumbled onto this site. I am leaving town next week to go to the hardware store (It is two hours away) to get all the supplies to build a coop. I have found a new love in woodworking and conveniently we just moved my dad into an assisted living apartment and he gave me all of his tools! I hope my design works (fingers crossed) due to the distance I had to do some major planning because I can't just go back to the store if I forgot anything. My kids are supper excited and I am working on things to keep them away from the TV. Due to my job I am stuck in town for days while I am on call but get to stay at home. ( I am a paramedic) So this should be at the minimum an interesting adventure. (My family in the big city think I have gone crazy with real baby chicks inside my house.) I welcome any and all advice. I have been buying occasionally some local farm fresh eggs (when I remember to order them) and I am excited to be able to have my own in the back yard! I am nervous about the winters in the Texas panhandle. Not sure how that works with chickens with high winds (can be 30-40mph winds) and below freezing temps. Also the heat can get pretty bad also. We hit 93 today which is really warm already for the beginning of summer and no rain in sight. (horrible grassfires in our county). So I guess I am nervous about the hot summers too.