I'm just starting a new thread so really sorry if that isn't appropriate. I have read roughly 8 bazillion posts here, there, and everywhere and my head really hurts! There is SOOOO much info and GOOD info, but just so hard to get through all of it to find exactly what I want to learn about. I've got some basics figured out, but other things are freaking me out. I have 11 layers who are wonderful and have a nice big coop, converted from a shed. I got them at 9 weeks or more, adding them as I went along (original plan was to have 4 laying hens!) so I have not done chicks. I am going to get 22 Cornish Rock X (and 3 Columbian Wyandotte just because I want those! ) chicks and am totally stressing out about where/how to house them. I have a 5' diameter circle for their "brooder" that I guess I will have to put in the garage although I have considered trying to put it in a blocked-off corner of the coop. Which would be best? How long will they last in there - a week? 2 weeks? Long enough to then go straight to a tractor? Or, if I happened to have a broody right when the chicks come, I would for sure at least give her the CW chicks - so they need a separate area, too, right? So that would mean the brooder for the meat chicks would have to be in the garage, because I can't fit 2 separate areas in the coop. If no broody, I will keep all the chicks together at least for awhile, I hope? Next part that is stressing me... The tractor/pastured/free-ranging situation. Soooo, I am not a builder. After my extensive (to put it mildly) reading, I am thinking of having an electric net fenced area (10x16 would be what the fence I am looking at will make) with a tractor inside. I could move the whole set-up every few days? (Sounds like a lot of trouble, though...) I could also let them truly "loose" for an hour or two before dark, once I see they'll go back. If they are "loose" from, say, the other side of my yard from my layers, do I need to worry about any conflict if they approach each other??? Or will they more likely just mind their own business & stick with their friends?? My biggest concern is, do I still have to build a *secure* tractor/shelter? Or can it just be basic wind/weather shelter without secure door/sides/etc if the electric net is providing their security? And what about digging predators?? But if I put a floor on the tractor/coop thing, then what about the poop??? AND how big does the tractor have to be??? Is 4'x9' okay? Hoop? Solid? Tarp? Boxy? I'm just about going nuts trying to figure all this out in my head. Obsessed and stressed. Trying to do this right is going to do me in.