Hi, everyone! I have been lurking and occasionally posting for some time now, but thought I should introduce myself. I'm Mainemaid because I live on the coast of Maine and many days I feel like the maid. If I'm not picking up after my husband and kids then I'm picking up after the clients at work. I just realized last week that I have become the crazy chicken lady next door when my neighbor put up a plant barrier between her house and my vegetable garden and coop. Since half the plants are on my property I offered to give her a hand in planting. That is when she told me she wanted to put up a fence but her husband told her no (maybe that's because he knows that part of his driveway is on the line). Anyway, I find it funny that she does not want to look at the garden and coop. This is only year one, coop has been in place for about a month and a half. Next year will look better because the landscaping will be done. I have a dozen Lavender Orpington chicks and a small coop and run. I plan to be down to 8 birds by fall.