After moving from a house with a postage stamp size yard to a house on 3/4 acres a few months ago, we decided it was high time to try raising some chickens for egg production. So here we are, joining the growing number of urban chicken owners. Thank God for Google, or I'd be completely lost! We purchased 4 pullets three days ago, one each of: Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock, Pencil Laced Barred Rock, and an Ameraucana. We have a smallish coop that we plan on expanding out and building a large run off the side of it so they have room to roam. Hopefully that will be done this weekend. My worry right now are raccoons and coyotes, both of which we have seen in our yard on occasion. Any tips on keeping out predators will be welcome!