Maggie! I'm a newbie too! And right? After years of wishing this is our year too! We're building our chicken tractor and then finding the residents for it! Hope you see this and hope you share your experiences! Hey BabyLady! I'm glad you're coming through the yuck. I only heard about the s from you... not another source. Is the attempted person still with us? How traumatic. Different subject: I've always liked steel cut oats too! They seem more substantial! Putting a ribbon of fruit preserves through there is awesome too! Only very recently found out you're supposed to refrigerate the oats after opening the package What an awesome idea to toast them! Throw them on a cookie sheet at what temp and for how long? No hail in my spot near Madison! I LOVE hearing coyotes at night. -they're not around here anymore. Only get to hear them while camping in Governor Dodge. And no I've never had one carry off a beloved pet or an income animal so maybe I'd change my tune then but for now... I wish the rural neighbors didn't extinguish them. It was so cool hearing them around here. Vicki! Sorry, I'm not in your area! But I am a fellow newbie also building a coop/chicken tractor. Thanks CindLady! Hugsband is looking forward to noodling with racheting wheels. Wheels on all 4 corners of the ark... can I call this thing an ark? Bottom line is: It remains to be seen how this thing will move! Ah newbs and their lack of real world chicken experiences... stay tuned Kristi! Post pix!!!! Aw How awesome, FT & BigFam!!!!