We bought a house and it came with 12 chickens. I have a lot to learn. One of the first things I did was to build the girls a nice new coop and fenced in the orchard for them to run in (nearly an acre). I have to get rid of some predators. I was on a business trip for 3 days. My youngest son didn't get the girls secured for the night. I lost 10 hens! I set a trap tonight for the culprit. Tomorrow I will be replacing my Leghorns with 10 RIR. Happy times ahead I am sure.