Hey everyone! Most of the time I'm more of a sit on the back burners participant on forums but this time my job depends on it! Last season was my first working at a farm. We are an organic vegetable CSA named Mud Creek Farm in Victor, New York. I absolutely loved growing produce for our members and getting to see their joy in the vegetables we had to offer them (and disappointment with a few veggies that didn't do as well as planned). Working there I got to meet all the great neighbors and to build new friendships with them, primarily the Maxfield family. Their eldest, was a teenager who had a flock of 30 layers, began to sell eggs to our members at pickup once the girls started laying consistently. It was a great hit with everyone! Unfortunately, near the end of the season her father got a job offer in Oregon and the whole family had to move out there . In our post season survey we asked our members to guide us in the next season with what they enjoyed or didn't from 2013 and what they might like to see in 2014. Well the results have been in for awhile and a lot of people stated they'd like eggs again with maybe an availability of free range meats. So I have chosen to try a fill Lauren Maxfield's shoes (which in reality are waaaay to small for me, but for all intensive purposes are going to be hard to fill) and give raising birds a shot. I definitely plan to start with the layers, and raise a few "trial batches" of broilers to get a feel to cost for the 2015 season. I am in the design process for the coop which will have to be easy enough to move for pasture grazing, strong enough to last a few years and large enough for the entire flock (by the end of the year I hope to have progressively built the flock to 15 with a choice rooster (one that'll care for my girls in all the proper roostery ways)). So I've got a lot more homework and fabricating to do before the season begins so that I'm fully prepared. Any advice on cheap coops? I could use some guidance with poultry netting as well. Which girls have you all found to be your better layers, in quantity and quality? What breed of rooster makes the best leader? I'm also very open to the ways to offset feed costs. I'll be posting again soon, hopefully once I've gotten a bit more guidance on where I should be addressing my queries. Thanks all!