We are new to chickens, but are very excited to be on the adventure. We are building an 8x8 chicken coop that is on a concrete foundation and a 24 foot enclosed run with a roof. We are planning to let our girls free range when we are out and about to keep an eye on things. We live out on a lot of acres, so they have plenty of space to get "snatched up" if a close eye isn't on them. We are hoping to be able to keep enough eggs in our kitchen without having to continue buying them at the grocery store.
The hope is to have variety in our flock; would love personality, but with 3 kiddos and a mama who has never raised chickens before we are also hoping for sweet and docile too!
We are pretty committed to an outside brooding system, hoping to keep it in the coop. Was going to use a spare metal dog crate or a combo with metal crate along with our smaller plastic crates. I just hope we can keep them warm enough! Looking forward to the wealth of information this group has to offer. Hope to chat with some of you soon. :0)