I don't have any chickens yet, but I am thinking about getting 3 to 5 hens. We have two young children (age 9mos and 3yrs) and love the idea of teaching them about raising their own food. Besides, I think having a few hens would be fun! We live in town, so no roosters allowed and we can only have a small flock. We have a heavy gauge chain link dog run, with a chain link top that has been sitting vacant for three years. Can't wait to turn it into an urban chicken run . Several of our neighbors have backyard chickens and a friend has a ever increasing flock of over 50 birds.