Hello all! I'm new around here, and wanted to introduce myself and jump right in with some questions. I've known that I've wanted to have hens for sometime now, just hasn't been much of a possibility until now. I'm pretty torn on if I should start with chicks or try and find hens that already lay. I plan on having 3-4 hens, possibly going up to 6 at some point. Secondly the coop is the my biggest question righ now as well. I can't decide if I should spend the money on a well built coop. A friend of mine who has hens recommended that I find a large chain link dog pen (the area I live in has dogs that roam is a concern of mine as well) to put a coop inside of for protection from other animals. I've had a cousin of mine offer to build me a coop, but this would be a first for him, and while it would be nice to save money, I cant help but think it might be better to spend money on a coop that I know will be secure. I've looked online and chicken coop plans and have gotten really overwhelmed by all the options. Most of what I've seen I don't think my cousin has all the tools he would need to build a coup (mainly the saws). I just can't help but think that by the time we were to buy the needed saws and all the materials for a coop, it would end up being what I would pay for a chicken coop anyway. Any advice and/or info would be greatly appreciated!