Hello everyone! After 3 years of waiting I'm FINALLY getting my chickens this year! So instead of stalking, I thought I'd finally introduce myself. I live in Central PA, and have for about 2 years. I have a few children, and a very handy husband. Dh is the green thumb, and likes to grow something new every year. I like to grow wild flowers - dh calls them weeds. We are getting used to the soil here and have been working hard (and breaking tools and our backs) the last 2 years to improve the quality. Why the 3 year wait on chickens? We moved, and then moved again. Now we are settled, and there's no more excuses. Dh and I just need to agree on a number of chicks to start with. I want to start with a dozen right away, and dh thinks 3 will be good. I haven't found the right place to see how to protect against specific predators. We have seen: fox, skunk, raccoon, and hawks. I know we've got our work cut out for us on that end. I'm hoping someone can give me some direction on where that info might be hiding.