Hello everyone, My husband and I were talking today about being a little more self-sufficient and maybe get a chicken or two, so we can get fresh eggs. We live in the Northeastern mountains of Georgia. We just moved here and are still getting used to the environment, we came from a bigger city. The land we live on is quite large and not fenced in. We have a pretty big patio that I was thinking would be ideal for the chickens. Like I said, I've been a city girl for my whole life and don't know the first thing about how to buy, keep or protect chickens. Our "neighbor" about a 1/2 mile-1 mile away lives behind a farm and has 3 chickens, but he keeps them in a garage and also has 2 horses and a jackass for protection. Since we live in the woods, I know we have much more to worry about. Our porch is pretty open, with the trees being on one side and our house on the other. I'm worried if we put the chickens up on the porch at night, the animals will just come right up on the porch and get them or try to get them. Then also during the day, they may not be able to roam free due to them not listening to commands the way a dog would and maybe never coming back. I guess we could fence it, but it would just cost waaaaaay too much. Do you think we could build just a little area for the chickens (fenced in) during the day and then put them up on the porch at night? I know we definitely have coyotes in the area, we hear them all of the time. We have 2 dogs, one may be okay for protection but he sleeps indoors and the other one barely wants to get her feet wet when it snows, so she's useless in this way. I'm sure there are many more things out there in the woods/forest, all around us we just can't see them. I'd post a picture of our yard and patio, but I don't know how. Any help is appreciated, thank you.