Hello All, A few months ago I moved to a 12 acre property that came with a flock of chickens (16 laying hens and 1 rooster) and 1 turkey. I came to really enjoy the chickens as I was taking care of them. Unfortunately, a loose dog raided the coop and killed a good portion of the birds that were here. That has prompted me to start researching chicken care and productivity in more depth. I'd like to get a few more adult laying hens from a local farmer but I want to improve the coop and the predator security before bringing them in. I'd also like to order some baby chicks to raise. On that front, I have cleaned out the garage and made room for a previously used brooder that is outside. I will be cleaning it and fixing it up before I order the chicks. I'm really excited by everything that I am learning about the chicken keeping lifestyle and I'm glad to have a resource of other enthusiasts like this.