I have been searching and reading through a lot of the posts here, especially the posts about Eglus. I really like the idea and look of the Eglu cube but it seems pricey and kind of small. However, I am limited by local law to a maximum of four hens (was leaning towards getting three) so I don't want to get anything too big. I also have neighbors so I need to eliminate odor, noise, and have a nice neat looking home for the hens to avoid any hassles. I live in Baltimore so the weather tends to be fairly cold in the winter and very hot and humid in the summer. I have an area of the backyard that will be naturally shaded in the afternoons from about 1 pm on, so we're looking at that area. As far as the breed goes, I am leaning towards Buff Orpingtons because of their laid back nature and cold tolerance. I have two small children who will want to be involved as well, I want to keep the backyard clean for them to play in and have egg laying pets that will get along and tolerate the attention from the kids too. I need the coop and run to be mobile as well, so I can move them around from time to time. I compost for my garden in the backyard so I plan to use the mucked out shavings and droppings for the garden. Will an Eglu cube work for 3 Buff Orpingtons in my area, or am I better off searching for wheeled mobile wooden coop? What size run do I need? Would a dog run set up around the coop work? If I let the hens roam around the back yard, will they stay inside the short fence or will they likely roam around go into the neighbor's back yards? Is there a breed of hen better suited? Is there anyone else in the Baltimore area who has advice/inputs for me? I appreciate all advice and suggestions to help me plan for my new egg laying pets.