Morning all, I'm Haley and am just starting to get interested in keeping chickens in my suburban back yard. The city allows for up to 6 adult chickens (no roosters) to be kept so long as you meet some distance requirements from houses. I've been reading this forum for a while, and all the books I can get my hands on, but I'm still coming up with some questions that I haven't seen answered. I hope ya'll can help me with these. Right now I'm planning on building a small, non-heated, raised coop to house about 5 girls, with a run surrounding the coop, and tall enough to be able to stand upright in. They will not be allowed to free range as I live in the city with tons of stray dogs and cats around. *How much of a mess do chicks/pullets make? This is my big hangup. Hopefully later this year I will be pregnant with our first child and as time goes on and I get bigger my husband will have to care for the birds...and he doesn't handle tons of mess well. *Do pullets ordered from feed stores always come debeaked? I saw a picture of a debeaked chicken yesterday and wanted to cry for the poor thing. But at the same time I'm not sure I'll be able to devote enough care to raising chicks. *How much of a routine would I need to establish? As in, would I never be able to sleep in again? Do the girls have to be locked into the coop each night since they would be in a secure run? *Are there any other noob questions that you wish you had asked when getting started? Thanks everyone, I've already seen how friendly and welcoming you can be.