Hi, I am from Mid-MO and have been raising chickens for only a short time. I am still pretty ignorant to all of the particulars of raising chickens, so I hope to learn from those more experience than I am. I will post a picture of the very nice coup my husband built for my birds. It is built like Fort Knox, with cedar poles buried in the ground with fencing wraped around them to keep the critter from digging under to get to my chickens. My flock is made up of 8 New Hampshire Reds and 4 Barred Rocks. I am almost certain they have all started laying, although I am not gettting consistent numbers yet.