New to raising chickens and fairly new to forum so thought I'd take a minute to show and tell... I bought my house about 18 months ago and had been wanting to get chickens since before we closed on the purchase. There is an existing barn (we call it the bomb shelter in disguise) with a tack room where I had a lot of wasted space. So decided instead of building a whole chicken coop that I'd build a chicken room in the tack room instead. Here is a picture of our barn: We put in a good layer of gravel to build the floor and wall on: And then the MAJOR chore of trying to put in a chicken door into the 8" thick, crack resistant walls proved to be a lot more then we bargained for. After two weekends and renting a jack hammer my husband finally broke through. We added a wood frame in the hole so we will be able to attached a door/ramp for them to get in and out into the back yard. I still need to patch the cement around the door with some cement patch, but the frame was a tight enough fit that it has worked quite well. From inside: From outside (still need to put in a door/ramp, the brick staircase is temporary and I've just been sliding a small piece of plywood behind the bricks at night to close them in): We put in a temporary run (are chicks were staying in a chicken tractor at our neighbors and I was anxious to get them home but had a limited amount of money to work with and couldn't afford the materials for a permanent run yet): I was able to finally finish building the laying boxes and hope once the chicks start laying they will like them well enough. From inside the chicken room: From the tack room: Egg door latch: I then put in some utility mesh in the floor rafters of the hay loft above to secure them as ventilation: I've been working with socializing the chicks since they where about 2 weeks old with my dogs. It took a lot of patience and scolding and time but it has paid off to where I can have the dogs out with me while in the yard and let the chickens free range. I will never trust the dogs enough to leave them out unattended with the chickens while they are out, but it is nice to be able to have all of them out while I'm gardening or just relaxing. I still need to put in roosts. I just have a 2x8 secured with some bricks in on the hen room floor right now as a make shift roost and they seem to content with it for now: Still got a ways to go at getting everything finished but they seem happy: Going to the hardware store today to get the cement patch and some brackets to build a 4 sided 3'x3' gazebo sandbox for them. They have a hard time finding sand to bath in and they didn't like the play sand in the plastic storage bin. So I'll add more pictures as I complete additional projects and have them to share. So as far as sandboxes, I saw a post about a sand recipes for using DE in the sandboxes but now having a hard time finding that post. How much DE should be added and how often? Is regular DE from the feed store okay or does it have to be food grade? Thanks for taking time to go through such a long post. Hopefully someone can answer my DE questions for me even though it is off the subject. Later Peeps!