Hi, I am Jenn. Obviously I am new, which is why I am posting here. We purchased a property 'with potential' several years ago and I am finally making those 8 acres use that potential. We are a grow-your-own organic family, and adding chickens is the next logical step...not to mention I have wanted to do it for years now. I am waiting on the final word from the zoning officer in my township as to the specifics of what we can and can't do. I already know that we can have hens and roosters both, but zoning in our township is divided and I live in that grey area, so the number may be limited. We will also most likely be purchasing chicks from a local family. I'm kind of sold on mixed breed since I won't be showing them. We want eggs, manure, and depending on their temperament, pets For a long time my husband was not thrilled with the idea, but recently seemed to jump on board with the idea. I love the coop plans that so many people have shared! I plan to reclaim a lot of material and spend as little as possible building (but still spending on necessities to make it right). We also have two girls who are excited about doing this.