Hi, my name is Marcy, I had chicken about four years ago when I first moved to Maine. Shortly after raising them from new little peeps, to twelve week olds, my husband took a job a few hours from our farm in northern Maine. Luckily, we were able to rehome my five little chicklets, and although I hated to leave them, they went to a very good home. We have been renting since 2011, and closed on our house finally a couple of weeks ago. Saturday, I got a new chicken coop, and yesterday, we painted it barn red. I am going to let it dry for a couple of weeks while I get things ready for my new girls. I located a local hatchery where I can get some pullets. I am thinking of getting six to start, they have a few different types to choose from that should start laying in September. My plan is to take the visiting grandkids with me mid August and let them each pick out a couple. We are in an area where we could have a rooster. I have heard pros and cons but must admit that I am leaning towards not. The coop is pretty predator proof I think, we have looked it over and the man who built it for me claims that it is. I am hoping to look around here to get some ideas for what to look for. I look forward to getting to know you.