I have been reading through the forums for a week or so. Always had chickens growing up, and my cousin runs a small poultry farm. I live pretty close to town but have 1/4 acre and we plan to get 3-4 hens this spring. I can't wait to teach our boys (5 and 2) about caring for animals and about healthy food (already teach them about it, but now we can take it to the next level!). We also plan to start our vegetable garden this year. Thank you all for your insightful posts!!