Hello from beautiful NC. We currently do not even own any chickens. We have 6 children of various ages ranging from 6-19 (19 is awwy at college). So we have lots of help for our chickens "to be". We do not have any pets and do not want any pets, and from the online research I've been doing about chickens, it sounds like these would be somewhat "needy" little creatures. Would I be correct in that assumption? I would not mind looking after the chickens as long as rest of the family helps out a bit too. (Our middle child would most likely be the one wanting to help every chance that is offered) As far as a coop, we will be building one, and I am highly attracted to an "A-frame" style, that is cheap to build, easy to clean and relatively light to move, while still giving the chickens plenty of room. Our property is on almost 2 acres of land bordered by a creek, thick woods, and a street that is pretty busy. We have several old pine trees (they drop a ton of needless s pine cones), oaks and poplar trees in our yard providing lots of shade in the summer time. The property next to us has been cleared and many field mice have been spotted. Basically, I know nothing about "farm" animals. Would free range be an okay option. And the term free range...does that mean literally free range with NO fence, or would a fence be recommended (of an area about 800 - 1400 sq/ft with coop and run located inside fenced area). And with regards to either option (free range with or without fence) would a "mobile" coop be preferred or needed? If either of the above options are not preferred, I would make an assumption that a lightweight "mobile" coop and run would make the most sense for easier cleaning and maintenance of lawn. Any additional guidance is greatly appreciated. And by the looks of this site, I think I've stumbled upon a great community. Thanks in advance!