Hello, I am wanting to raise some chcikens at my house for the first time. Would you please lookj over my plans and tell me if I'm nuts? I live in the middle of suburbia. I am planning on building a nice chicken coop(using ideas from the great coop page on this site) with an attached 12x 4 foot run. I plan on allowing them to "free range" in the back yard most of the time. I plan to clip there wings since I only have a 4' chani link fence around most of the yard. The hens are either Rhode Island or Red Cross Hens mixed with either White Polish or Rhode Island Red Rooster. Right now the chicks are about a week old -- so too early to tell. Concerns I have. Will they be ok just roaming the back yard? Not a lot of predators in the middle of the city but I suppsoe there is an occasional hawk or dof that "could" jump the fence. Are two hens enough for them to be helathy and happy? Do the need a bigger flock? Will they be able tourvice our winters or do I need to heat the Coop -- I live in Kansas city -- ZOne 5 USDA? WIll they completely destroy a the lawn in the yard if they are bale to roam over the whole back yard? Anything else I have not though of?