Hello all, I am going to take on the challenge of raising some chickens here in eastern North Dakota with my family. I am not totally sure what breed to get yet, but will keep doing research. I'll definitely wait until we have warmer temps in later April or early May. I bought a house where the previous owner had a large chicken coop. It needs some repair, but it is a solid building. I know I will have to battle coyotes, fox and probably raccoons. I may also have to deal with my neighbors dogs who think my property is their own! I am debating whether to build a smaller coop to start off with just to ensure I have a floor that the wild animals can't dig or get through. The existing coop is fenced, but only to the ground. At this point, I want to start with maybe a half dozen egg layers and get a few meat birds to get practice at butchering. I'm open to all recommendations and suggestions. This forum sure seems to be filled with information and I'm learning a lot just reading!