Hi, I live in the beautiful town of Montevallo, Alabama with my two sons (12 months and 4 1/2) and their dad. I've grown up in Holland, where my mom grew our own fruits and veggies. She planted the seed for a love of self sufficiency. Now, I'm not about to start knitting socks out of the fur of my cats.. But we do enjoy growing vegetables and I have been wanting to add my own eggs to that for YEARS. I like doing things basic. If it's too much bells and whistles, I get kind of overwhelmed. I do research very, very well before I do anything (too much sometimes, I get myself discouraged). Anyway. I have been sketching coops for a year now. My final plan is for a raised 4x4 coop, with an attached 10x4 run with a chicken bridge to an enclosed blue-kiddie-pool-compost-pile playground. I want about 3-4 chickens. If they become tame enough, I do have a large fenced in yard, so they can come stretch their legs every once in a while (and pick some cut worms out of my pathetic lawn haha) This will be the year!