Hi I'm Kristine and I'm a new member here. I don't have chickens (yet) but I'm dying to get some!!! I have been doing some research - I bought a few books and have spoken to some friends who have chickens, but I have a few obstacles. One being: my husband! He has NO interest in raising chickens and does not support my latest, crazy idea to do so. Let me tell you a little about me - I am a mom of 3 boys, the youngest of which is 18 and in his senior year. My "nest" will soon be empty if he leaves home. I am interested in new hobbies and I'm so obsessed with chickens and ducks. I also run a daycare...I live in the suburbs and my backyard has a built in pool, which takes up much of the back yard. My husand has already expressed that chickens will NOT go in the pool yard. I have a small front yard with grass, and a fenced in play yard along the side of my house, for my daycare which is lined in river rock. I've been thinking of putting a chicken coop in the play yard (obviously fenced off so the kids do not have access) but I'm not sure if this would work. Are any of you chicken owners also daycare providers, or have children that share the space with the chickens? I have so many questions!! I was never really an animal person but I realize now that I do like animals, but I do NOT like them in my home...so that's why I think I may enjoy having chickens.