Worked on the critter guard around the bottom of coop today...I dug 2, 8 foot long trenches, a foot deep and buried my wire fencing that I attached to bottom of coop. I learned how to do this from pictures on BYC! No critters will be livin under our coop!! Will finish the rest of it this week. It'll take a couple of days for my hands to quit hurting after today!! We have an 8x8 coop...so this chore will take another day or 2 !! Atleast it is half done!!! And the ground was fairly soft to dig in. Also worked on the brooder box, got the new safer light shade, to replace the old one we were scared to use. Found a chain to hang it . Got the feeders and waterers, bought a bag of chick starter.....etc... I do have a question tho ....HUbby flat refused to let me hang a 250w red bulb over a cardboard box out in the coop when the chicks arrive in April. He said that is WAY toooo much heat to be near a cardboard box and he wouldnt sleep nights knowing it was there. So he insisted I get the white 125w bulb. I argued that I wanted a RED LIGHT for my chicks, but his fear of a fire trumped me....so I gave in My question is .....is there such a thing as a 125w RED brooder light??? We looked EVERYWHERE and all the RED ones were 250w!!! So I gave up and kept the white light, which alot of people say is not as good as a red light, prevents stress and pecking in the chicks. What if I took a red magic marker and painted my white light red?? Would that hurt the bulb ? Would it work like the red bulbs for the chicks?? Just wondered.....Thanks ! Now we are ready for the chicks to arrive in April 2!! Cant wait!!!!