Just wanted to say Hello and nice to be here. I'm just considering starting a small coop of laying hens and figured I would need to learn a few things before bringing any chicks home. This looks like a nice place to learn and share. I figure I will begin with 4-6 brown egg layers and 1 rooster. I've pretty much decided on either Red Star or Australorp. Any input, suggestions or advice would be GREAT. I do live on a 36 acre farm with a barn and plan to free range the chickens using the a-frame portable coop and will build an inside coop with in/out run in the barn and barn yard.