Good Morning! I just got my account today, and I dont have Chickens yet, but I'm working on it My mom had chickens 25 or some years ago (her first year in AK), and they all got killed before they ever layed eggs, and for that reason she is reluctant to let me get chickens (even though I'd pay for all of it). This is my plan. Let me know if it's rotten at all: I'll get my chickens.... 7 hens (Welsummer, SLW, BO, Australorp, Cochin, Barred Rock, EE) from AK Mill & Feed or just "around" 1 Rooster (for protection from dogs, bears)- I dont know which kind of rooster I want, but I'll probably get him from some other chickener who thought they were getting a pullet. I will keep them in a coop under my deck where they will be safe from Wind, Hawks, Etc. and the entire run will be triple fenced (heavy wire fence, chicken wire, hardware cloth). The coop will be insulated with Blueboard Styrofoam, and...... *does mental math* 32 square feet at least. How tall does the interior space have to be? 2 ft? 1.5? EDIT: Also, I will keep in mind ventilation (which is important!) Their Run will be nearly 280 square feet. I live on the border of the chugach nat. forest, and am worried about bears in the spring & fall. They are very strong, but skiddish also. will a rooster run them off? ANYWAY I'm rambling. D: Finally, I would like to know if there are any BYC'ers in my area, so I could maybe visit and get some experience with chickens before I get them. If there is anyone, please let me know.