Just joined and not very good with computer. I obtained a dozen pullets last spring for the specific purpose of attacking the grasshoppers that have been plaguing my hose for years. Pesticide killed things I didn't need to get rid of such as toads and garden spiders and even snakes. Sorry I like snakes! I bought a used 5x8x7 shipping crates and began the process of building a coyote and snake proof home for chicken. Started in January and finished in march. When I was building I had the picture in my mind without any projection of cost. When my wife total led my spending when complete I nearly had a heart attack. Almost was required to turn in my cheapskate card. However it was good and sturdy. Found this site afterwards. Used YouTube for some ideas. This site showed me some mistakes but working on correcting those. I bought 3 RIR, 3 red sex link, 2 americuna pullets. A few days later I bought 3 BCM and 1 BCM x Brahma cross. Critter got 1 RIR a few weeks later. Things haven't been the same since. However they did make a serious dent in my grasshopper problem. I got covered up in eggs but the kids and grand kids and a few friends help me with this. My next problem is I have 10 acres of pasture, numerous predators including stray dogs and cats and not enough chickens to eat all grasshoppers on the place. Chickens have just begun to venture into pasture following cows to their hay. Winter foraging caused them to leave safety of house and outbuildings. Since I'm slightly over a year from retirement I will have to wait to expand. I am considering a coop built on a trailer. I think I can round up parts and begin building this more cheaply than the first coop. We will see. Right now I'm trying to balance cattle, 5 dogs, and 11 chickens and determine the best way to do this. I'm also busy laughing at these birds. I did not know how hilarious they are. They trying to sneak into the house behind our little dog. They mob my wife and generally get underfoot. Right now they are sliding on the ice covering the yard. They are frustrated roto tillers right now.