I'm a total newbie, but I've decided to take the plunge and start raising chickens. I live on a small island near Sitka, Alaska and am hoping to connect with others in SE Alaska to learn from them and share info. In the meantime, I've been pouring through the forums on this site these past few weeks and absolutely LOVE all the information on here. Thanks to everyone who contributes! Right now I'm building my coop that I'm hoping will be adequate for 6 chickens. It's a 4' W x 7' L x 4.5' H that's attached to my workshop (the nesting boxes and feed/watering areas are actually built into the workshop wall and can be accessed from inside the workshop). Next will come a 3' x 11' covered run (for our rainy days).... and hopefully, most day's they be able to free-range. One thing... I am worried about what they might do to my (un-fenced) garden Looking forward to the experience... and the eggs! Finn Islander PS: Pics will come once the building project is complete!