Hi, I'm Crystal from NC. We live in the county in a subdivision on 1 acre with 2 kids. The only laws are the livestock has to be fenced on property under 2 acres, no HOA rules or anything. I bought a coop & run large enough to hold 4 regular size hens on ebay yesterday to start with, the fun will be the assembly lol. My 12 year old is so excited she wants a chicken that lays green eggs (just read Chicken Boy for school) and spent all of last night and this morning drooling over coop designs on here and pinterest. She is in love with the Hobbit House. I don't know what kind of chicken I want, but the name I've picked out is Mother Clucker, I'm twisted. We are going to get 4 hens/chickens and 1 rooster, one for each of us, for eggs only. My husband gets to pick the rooster and he's picked out 3 types so far, have to keep enforcing the 1 rule. My son says his will be named Fat Boy or Sierra. I had WLS and eat a lot of eggs on a high protein diet so I'm looking forward to new pets and fresh eggs. My property is 100 ft wide & 400 ft long. My house is 300 ft off the road, then it's woods. I have 3 indoor cats. I've seen deer and wild turkey in my woods and we have copperheads and other icky snakes in the summer. There is a leash law, but cats and dogs cross the property all the time. Starting out, I thought I'd put the coop outside the back of my house outside of my bathroom window. My house is up on a hill with a flat spot then a hill above my house. I have 4 downspouts that at least 2 I need to put rain barrels under or the chicken would have wet feet when it rains. I get obsessive over new projects so I've read a lot and looked at ideas for a few days. I want to stay on a budget but there are so many cool things to build and do for chickens. It's like a dollhouse but for animals . We still need to level and clear brush out of our wooden area behind our house but when we do I'd like to put up a reinforced 10x20x6ft tall dog kennel with a coop so they can move around more. Next year I promised the kids a goat each so I hope they exist in the same area well. I look forward to reading many more threads and doing my research here!