Hello everyone, Im a 28 year old Family Man with a beutiful stay at home wife/mom and three beutiful girls. I have been interested in being as self sufficiant as possible for a long time and now that we have the space I plan on doing so. My first goal is to get a working chicken coop going that produces eggs for me my wife and our three children. But as with everything I do I will try to limit the mistakes by learning learning learning!!! I just purchased a farm and the previous owner had chickens, phesants and turkeys at one point I think. So there is a coop and birdy type area on our farm. I have sooo many questions it is unreal and the more I read the more questions I have. The area I have is two rooms, separated by a door, both are 10 by 10 and have the doggie type door on the bottom to the outside. Then outside the doggie type doors there is an area that has chicken fence about 6 by 20 by about 6 feet tall. So my first question is how many chickens do I have room for? I have this idea in my head of chickens running around our farm ,but I want them to lay eggs in the boxes we have in the coops so can you get them to go into the coop at night and still let them run during the day? Right now the fenced in area outside the coop is over run with weeds can I use round-up or do I need to hand pull them to keep from using a chemical in the chickens area. So after I get my area ready for chickens I am wondering what are the smallest or youngest birds I can get and put in a coop? Also can I get a few older birds so I have some already laying and get some chicks? So the last question for now is does anyone know where to buy chickens in the West Lafayette Indiana area???? Thank You to anyone who take the time to answer my questions.