Hi all I just subscribed as a new member. I don't even know if I want to raise chickens, but I've got this problem with about 15 of them, including 4 cocks and a number of younger ones, in my yard. It appears that these were birds from a brood somewhere in the neighborhood, where quite a number of cockfight enthusiasts live. Two years ago the authorities closed down the cockfighting ring and hauled the owner off to jail. My yard, which is full of fruit treas, seems to be a natural environment for them. A large part of it is not landscaped, and I have large trees just 5 meters from the house. I also have a 10-foot wide walk-around porch. Needless to say, the chickens have been laying their eggs all over the place, roosting in the trees, and getting fat in the yard teeming with pickings for birds. The mess is becoming unbearable, and so is the noise. I thought about going to one of the cockfight guys to get them to come for the birds, but can't bring myself to do so after a year of cleaning up bird poo off my porch every morning. I've had to keep my dog on a leash permanently to keep her from slaughtering the poor chicks running around the yard. Well, it wasn't my intention but it seems that the best solution is to build them a coop. Raising chickens used to be an expected chore when I was a very young boy growing up, but I can't remember anything about dealing with wild ones, or constructing a coop. My kids and I also can't bear the thought of killing and eating the things either, even if I knew how to catch them. I just wondered if any of you have any advice for me. I live on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten with warm tropical climate year-round. I'm have most of the tools needed to construct anything from wood, as cabinet-making is one of my hobbies.