Hi I thought it might be interesting to see what everybody else is doing or facing with their chickens so I thought I'd ask a few questions about everyones flocks just for fun: Here we go - 1.) what kind of chickens do you have? and how many? Are they pets or food? 2.) Did you build your own coop? 3.) what does your run look like? what do you use for the floor of your run? Hay, grass, stones,sand,etc. 4.) what about the inside of the coop do you use hay, shaving,wood chips,etc? 5.) Have your chickens ever been sick? 6.) what meds do you use? 7.) have any special foods you feed them? 8.)where do you live? 9.) how are your winters do you do anything special for your chickens in the winter? 10.) how about wet weather do you have any protective covering over your run to keep chickens dry? 11.) are you getting eggs? If so do you sell them? How much do you ask a dozen? 12.) Have you run into any differculties with your chickens that others may be interested in? Ok, that's it! Here are my answers. I hope everyone enjoys reading these answers as much as I do. 1.) I have many types of chickens:RRI,deleware,silkies,white rocks,buff orps,golden polish,cuckoo marans,mille fleur,partridge cochin,araucana,buttercup,white faced spanish,and ducks.All are pets 2.) No I brought my coop, I cheated -have no building talents 3.) my run is enclosed with chicken wire with a top of plastic netting to keep out pretators and keep ducks in.They share coop & run.Run floor is dirt /grass with hay to help fill in holes chickens make. 4.) Inside coop floor ismade of wood with feeder hay spread around on top seems to work ok ducks seem to eat other stuff 5.) I've had 2 sick chickens both with balance problems 1 has fully recovered (a yr ago) the other is currently sick and not doing well ( I suspect mareks?) 6.) I use mineral water, tetracycline,baytril, meloxicam (NSAID),panacur (wormer), and special mixes of feed: clear gatorade,pedilyte,plain yogurt,rolled oats,honey,dry catfood and starter crumble 7.)listed above and veggies (lots), weeds,bead,spaghetti 8.)I live in northern massachussetts 9.) Nothing special in winter maybe a heat lamp if it gets too cold,frequent water changes, and shovel out their run 10.)none currently but hope to at least get a lean to type covering to prevent some elements and give some added protection beside the dog houses I have in run area 11.) Yes we get about 8-9 eggs a day now with more expected as chickens mature,We currently just give them to family 12.) Our main differculties have been keeping the fighting roo's from jumping up and into duck swimming pools and the larger chickens from stampeding the littler ones on the way out of the coop so far we've been lucky everyone gets along for the most part. ok, I hope everyone has fun with this! It should be very interesting!