I started my backyard flock in May of this year, so this is all very new and we are definitely learning as we go! We have 8 girls, 2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 Easter Egger, 1 Barred Rock, 1 Welsummer, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, 1 Gold Laced Wyandotte, and 1 Buff Orpington/GL Wyandotte mutt. Our two dogs share the backyard with the chickens and two kids. We live in a suburb of San Francisco, where I don't think too many people have flocks in their backyards. We started out with a vegetable garden instead of a lawn in our front yard... why not have chickens in the back?