I'm another newbie here. I'm thinking about starting to raise chickens. I'd only want to start with two. Hubby is about to retire in a month or two and will move back up here to Horse Cave, KY. I'm living on the edge of town now, but we also have 22 acres of woods only a mile from here. We plan to eventually build a house there. We already have a large metal barn, and we're still in the process of putting up a greenhouse (slowly on weekends). Our son and grandson are living on that property now in my large camper. I know hubby would want to build a hen house rather than buying one ready-made. Back to me. I'm 65 and partially (but permanently) handicapped. I can stand and walk, but not for long because of damaged nerves in my lower back and legs. I would love to have just a few chickens, at least to begin with. My son recently captured four little pigs. He opened the gate to the garden and they wondered in. He then shut the gate! I won't even go look at them because I know I would name them all and the guys plan to feed them for a year and then...............BACON! Hence why I only want two hens for eggs. Any more than that and they might end up in the frying/roasting pan. I'd rather have friendly chickens that are good egg layers and pets as well. I need to learn everything about raising chickens. I gathered a few eggs as a child with my aunt, and I've also been inside a commercial chicken house, which is CRUEL! I don't know if I should start with chickens here in town and then move them to the woods when I do, or what. I know there are lots of racoons, possums, snakes, and maybe some coyotes and other creatures in our woods. I'd need a really secure hen house and roofed run in the woods and I'd have to drive back and forth twice a day, so I suppose I'll just wait and learn all I can about them now.