Hello everyone and thanks for having this great site to find out about backyard chickens. Henpapa says he is going to build me a coop next weekend and I've been reading everything on this site about getting started over the past couple of months. What I've been having trouble with is making decisions. We want egg layers with good personalities that won't flap over the fences. Probably 3-4 will be out flock size. The girls will get a coop with some pen space and have the run of the backyard as much as possible. Chicks vs pullets? Any problem with a fishpond and pool for chickens? How long should they be left out per day? I'm scared how my two old dogs will react to them. Can anyone recommend places to get some good laying hens/pullets,chicks near Camarillo? Several local feed stores don't have any stock. Also we have a guy that sprays for ants and spiders once every couple months with an organic compound. Should that be stopped or how to handle? Before that we had continual ants inside. Any and all advice is much appreciated!