(1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? I am totally new to BYC and having back yard chickens. Two summers ago we bought the house that my husband's paternal grandparents used to live in. On the property there is an old (think weathered barn look) chicken coop and a similar smokehouse. I don't think the coop is salvageable but maybe we could use the old materials as accent pieces in construction of a new one. I've been wandering through the coop section here to get ideas. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? Unless the three eggs in the fridge count, we have none. (3) What breeds do you have? n/a (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? I did a Google search for raising chickens in the back yard. (5) What are some of your other hobbies? Blogging, writing, crafts (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. I've been married 18+ years, and we have three children (18, 17 and 12) - so yeah, my Gravatar is really old. We have FAR TOO MANY DOGS AND CATS, and are working on getting most of them new forever homes. So protecting our future feathered family from the dogs and cats is a priority. My FIL's farm was right next door to our property, but earlier this year his house burned to the ground and he is looking to sell that farm now. So our 'accessible land' will decrease somewhat when that parcel is sold, but we still have about 2 acres. I would like eventually to get to the point where we produce as much of what we consume as possible.