Hello everyone, long time no see! I am writing a how to guide for my technical communications class, it is a sort of How to guide on raising Backyard chickens. I was curious on what you all would put into something like this. It needs to be at least 10 pages and directed at "green" valued people of the Fort Collins Colorado community. Here in Fort Collins we are allowed 4 hens to be kept in our backyards. I would like input on things that you had questions about when you began your backyard flock and the solutions you found to these problems. If at all possilbe some pictures of you backyard set ups would be awesome. Here is the outline of what I am going to put into this project so far: Proposed Content: 1. Introduction (Including laws and regulations of backyard chickens) 2. Preparation a. Property b. Financial c. Educating everyone involved d. Preparing the children and pets for chickens 3. Coop Designs a. Brief overview i. Cleaning ii. Accessibility iii. Heat retention iv. Space for birds v. Predator proofing b. Building size and shapes c. Roosts d. Nest boxes e. Door designs 4. Care Guide a. Introduction of chickens to their coop i. Choosing chickens b. Feeding instructions c. Basic healthcare i. Wing trimming ii. Common illnesses iii. Basic first aid d. Collecting eggs and cleaning them e. Predator awareness Thank you so much for your time and help! Sara Here is the proposal for my project to maybe help spark some ideas! Introduction: In January 2008 Fort Collins passed a law allowing residents to keep up to six hens in their back yards. The keeping of hens in back yards is becoming increasingly popular with the rise in the natural foods market and sustainability movement. Many residents are keen to have fresh eggs for breakfast everyday but are not knowledgeable when it comes to chicken ownership and care. This technical manual will provide a guide to the successful ownership of backyard chickens from start to finish. It will start by walking readers through the preparation they need to do; such as preparing the property, budgeting, educating all family members and socializing other household pets with chickens. Next it will provide options of coop designs that are built in a sustainable manner. The designs are simple enough that an average person will be able to build any of them without much difficulty and they allow for personal customization of all parts. Lastly, the manual will provide the reader with a guide on choosing chickens, and it will instruct the reader on how to care for the animals. This care guide will include; feeding instructions, basic health information, egg collection and cleaning advice, predator awareness advice, and chicken introduction instructions. This manual will be directed towards homeowners in Northern Colorado who want to raise backyard chickens. More specifically it will target those who want to contribute to the global sustainability movement. The manual will provide them with the basic information that they will need in order to obtain chickens, build a shelter for their chickens, and keep their chickens healthy and producing eggs.