Hi. Looking forward to learning about chicken keeping and having fun doing it. We bought our 'retirement' home late last spring (40 acres) in a very rural area. We are lucky enough that there was already a chicken coop on the property. However it's not very big (4x8) and no run. We don't have any chickens yet - but hoping to this spring and want to get set up first. I grew up on a small ranch and we never had chickens - but my grandparents did. My dad had to butcher the chickens when he was a kid and he has never liked chickens since then - hence we didn't have any growing up. So I grew up with cows, goats, cats, dogs, horses - pretty much anything with 4 legs. But my husband has only ever had cats. He was an Army brat and then career Navy himself so the life never accommodated much in the way of raising animals. So - huge learning curve here. And boy do we have questions. We currently have 3 indoor kitties and I want to get a dog or 2. Hubby's not sure about the dog part - he's never had one and I've had them all my life except for recently. I think we desperately need a couple living in the rural area we do.