Hello, hello. I'm excited to be here. Just a beginningsmall-timer myself compared to most of the chicken-virtuosos on this site. I was thinking two chickens. I used to have six in SF ..too many for me to handle with a six-month-old baby. I eventually want a duck again (maybe two, Noah's Ark style). I thought of chickens because I have an abundance of spiders in my garden leaking into the house..great pest control without the chemicals. So, from what I read, my veggie garden is a goner unless fenced (fruit trees okay), forget a grass run unless I split it and alternate sides, and make sure they have enough coop space for ease of cleaning but not too big so they stay warm. Here are my questions fellow feather-lovers: 1. Is 2 a lonely number? Are 3 chickens better? 2. Will 2 chickens destroy a 20x20-foot grassed area? If so, how long will it take or what measures can I take to prevent it (i.e. less free range time)? 3. How do I get the chickens to eat the spiders in the veggie garden but not the veggies? Doable? 4. What is the minimum coop space for two chickens? What if I add in two ducks? Thanks everyone! I'm interested to see the responses.This is fun.