Hello all, I must say I have been so impressed with the forum you all have here -- everyone seems very nice and helpful. That being said, I hope you will not mind answering a few questions that you've probably answered a million times. But here goes. I am an avid gardener and animal lover who recently has been thinking about getting some chickens for my backyard. I have two young children and I think they would love, and learn from, the experience. Here are my basic questions: 1. My backyard is not "small" but it's not huge either. I used to have a much bigger yard (3/4 of an acre) but our new yard (fenced backyard) is probably closer to 1/4 of an acre. Is that too small for, say, 3 or 4 chickens? 2. How big a coop do I need -- 4X4 or so? 3. My backyard is fenced but it's a lower fence -- maybe 4 feet high. Is this a problem? 4. As I mentioned, I love gardening and am curious whether the birds will disturb/destroy my perennial gardens. Thanks so much in advance.