I'm so excited, my husband and I are in the middle of closing on 20 acres and I have big plans for chickens. I've been reading books, found this website, and am trying to figure out what I want my husband to build for a coop. Also, after reading in one of the books about how chickens keep the bugs eaten up, I can't wait to let them have at all those fire ants and crickets roaming the yard. Does anyone know how chickens do with scorpions? I haven't seen any at the property yet, but with all those other bugs I figure they're around there somewhere. I know I have to get them used to a coop so they'll come back at night. I have to chicken proof (and chihuahua proof, figure they'll be similar), the fence around the yard. There is already fencing, just needs to be smaller. I want to let them range the yard around the house, approximately 3/4 acre or so, that's fenced in. I want to have my plan of attack ready for when we close and get the place move in ready. So, I'll be all over this forum Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.