When growing up in Mich. I never even thought about raising chickens or anything agrarian, always hunting/fishing as hobby. However, after moving to Iowa in 2006 I have slowly become intrigued with agriculture and am within weeks making the move into cultivating my first flock. I will be starting very small maybe 6-8 from chicks, goal= layers (not exactly sure of breed mix, have ideas but open to suggestions for IA) I am open to any suggestions, tips and tricks. I will build a brooder and purchase the chicks in march and then as the weather breaks i will convert an old 14'diameter (9' high) grain bin into my coop. (hoping to post progress on here and learn from feedback). Should be an interesting bit of re-purposing. Joining me in my adventure will be my wife (likely from a hands -off distance) and my 2 y.o. son (most likely glued to my hip) and a daughter will join in late April if she abides by her due date.