Hi all, Great site! I have read a lot of information here and still have a couple of questions. I am sort of new to chickens. 20 years ago I bought fifty (I think they were called California Whites) and kept them for two years. I butchered forty and kept ten for the eggs. The funny thing is that 20 years have erased most of the knowledge I may have had. I have decided to raise chickens again for the eggs and for my kids to enjoy. My plan is to cut a hole in the side of our existing shed and build the coop on one of the large shelves. There is enough room on the shelf to accomidate 8 birds according to the recomendations on this site. My main question is this though.... the run will primarily be built on a hill and I am concerned about the chickens killing all of the grass and causing erosion. While the hill is gradual, I am sure it will erode if there is no vegetation on it. We plan on having four to six chickens and I want to know how large the run needs to be to hopefully allow the birds to be happy and allow some grass to continue to grow? On the smaller side we we can easily make a run totaling 140 sq feet. If we must we can increase that area to 210 sq feet. If we have six chickens this will allow at least 23 sq ft per bird at the minimum to 35 sq ft per bird at the maximum. So, I am wondering if anyone has any idea of how many sq feet I need per bird to still allow for vegetation to grow. Additionally, I have the right to own chickens on my land, but want to be respectful to neighbors. Because I have neighbors about 60 yards to either side of my home/land, I want a breed that is fairly quiet. I also think it would be fun to have chickens that are a bit unusual looking. So I am wondering if any experts have recomendations of for breeds that do decently producing eggs, are quiet, can survive well in a state that has hot summers and cold winters, and is also unique? Thanks for any information!