Hiya. So I've been interested in backyard chickens for years. It wasn't legal in our town though. However - they just made it legal, hens only, up to 3. So I'm excited and researching, figuring out what I need to do and what I need to get ready before it's chicken time. I live in a small town on the outskirts of Fort Worth, with my family. I'm a combination of home with kids, fiber artist, and part-time indie audiobook narrator. I have some chronic illness issues, but my teenage daughter - who wants to be a vet tech or a vet - is going to work with me, I feel we can do it together, once we get it all set up. We have three cats, the chickens will probably be relieved that they live indoors. We have a white cedar play structure in the back, sorta L-shaped, with a picnic-table-under-the-fort on one end. The kids have outgrown it, some of the swings have been taken down, it doesn't get used any more. I'm thinking about maybe using it as something to build the run area on - put up a post at the cattycorner, and use it to mount some sort of chicken wire fencing around the four sides, and cover the top with bird netting, which would give a really big run area, and then get or build a coop to put in it / at the edge of it. We'd need to figure out how to put a door in it. I like stuff like the Eglu cube and all, with the attached run and the wheels, but man that can cost a lot. Also a pen I could go into seems more ... sociable with them. I'd happily take advice and suggestions. I'm going to go look at the page suggested for newbies about all the coops. Started looking into chicken breeds. The two I've seen the most recommended so far are the black sex links and the black Australorps. They sound like good breeds - but not sure it's a kind thing to have a black animal living in Texas in the summer! It gets HOT here. I'm kinda thinking that my time checking on chickens, feeding, etc, is quite possibly going to be a lot of wee hours of the morning or late evening. I'm semi-nocturnal anyway, and tend to avoid going out in the heat as much as I can.