Hello! We are looking forward to getting our first chicks this winter...preferably Rocked Barred. My 5 year old is ecstatic! My 13 year old wasn't until I mentioned we may be able to get a duckling. Not too fond of just having a loner and wondering if she would be just fine with chickens or if we should wait for the chicks to get a bit older before getting a duckling. Also, does anyone have experience with German Shepherds and chickens? We have two...one that loves everything on earth, no problem there, and another that doesn't care for anything/anyone outside of the house. Then there's the garden. Do adult chickens mind being confined to a smaller (25x15ft) space if they're used to larger? I'm hoping they will continue to prep the garden each spring but don't want to stress them out too much and don't plan on breeding new chicks for the job.