This is our first go at chickens. 5 hens (barred rock and wyandotte) and one BR Roo. We got them as chicks last fall and they are just getting started laying now. Roo is starting to get nervous/aggressive...not too bad though...yet. I have some questions, but thought I'd at least say hello and read through the archives and required reading before posting. Having fun so far...it is very relaxing to sit and watch them scratch around. I call them my hillbilly fish tank. The coop is pretty close to the house, in a secure enclosure with netting on top to keep the hawks away. We live on 12 acres, about an hour away from Kansas City, MO. My wife loves the sound of the Roo crowing and our closest neighbor has chickens to, so he isn't bothering anyone. I haven't let them free range yet, but looking forward to it come spring.