I have wanted to raise chickens for I don't know how long....I have a place to build a run 10X20 at least. I have chain link fencing not being used that I can use. I have wood to build a coop, available water and power. All I need is the encouragement! Can I start them on the grass? I think I would want to go with juveniles, probably 6 or so. What kind of precautions do I need to make around the bottom of the fencing, and for a top cover over such a large area of a run to prevent them getting out and predators in(I'll encounter the coons and an occasional fox and others I suppose). I've uncovered alot of info on this site, but there's so much I don't know! What breed do I get for great egg production and a very calm temperment? I don't think I'm interested in fertilized eggs, so do I really need a rooster? Sooo many questions, ehh? I hope you all give me your two cents worth! I'm in southeastern Illinois, so winters are cold and summers are hot! Thanks!