My husband and I decided to jump into backyard chickens 2.5 years ago. We had a beautiful coop made for our anniversary present. We started out on less than 1/2 acre in Durham, NC. The kids, and especially our daughter, adored our chicks. We have a happy flock of 2 Rhodies and 2 Ameraucanas which we know understand is lucky as it's not great to mix breeds of chickens. Late this summer, we relocated to Union County to 3 acres and moved the coop and ladies. Good to join up with other chicken lovers!