Hello all! My husband and I are recently transplants from the city of Austin to a *much* quieter life in rural Southern Missouri. Our home has a built in coop & run, so we are getting geared up for our first batch of day-old chicks later next month! We are currently in the process of doing a deep clean of the coop, revamping some of the structures in it, and I personally am reading everything I can get my hands on about raising backyard chickens. We are wanting to get four chicks to start, all egg-layers. No roosters yet either! I don't have any preferences yet for specific breeds, and we are planning on getting them from our local Orscheln's farm store at the end of February. We have two cats (any advice on how to help get them acclimated without thinking I brought them a personal dinner would be a HUGE plus) and a male rat terrier. Our new home also came with a huge garden plot, so I've been planning to have my first garden this year as well - lots of changes, but we are so blessed to have this opportunity!