I started a little over a year ago with three young ladies, around 10 weeks old. We lost one and just added two one year olds. They have their coop and I just added a nice 20' long covered run. Our area has Hawks, owls, raccoons, bobcat, coyotes, and so on, but we let them have the whole yard whenever we can. They are (in pecking order) Ruby, a Buff Orphington, Pearl, a Plymouth Barr Rock, Opal, a Silver Lace Orphington (with Cochin?) and Smokie, a English Blue Orphington. We have a little cattle dog named Rosco that keeps an eye out for predators. I also enjoy play blues, BBQ/ smoking, and riding my motorcycle.