Hello everyone! I am totally a newb to chickens and the whole deal. I am a RN, and did not grow up with chickens or even knew anyone that did. Haha. But I have been researching extensively for months, and Im not sure if you are ever really 100% enlightened, but I decided I was going to go for it. So I just picked up 4 Rhode Island Reds yesterday, and I think I am starting to understand the term 'chicken math' a little better. I live in a neighborhood on a 10,000 sq ft lot, and had to apply for a permit to keep chickens, and they are not allowed to free range. I am still looking into building their coop. I have read so many negative things about the 'buy and build' that I'm considering looking at some of the DIY plans, but I am not too sure of my carpentry skills. I have appreciated all of the good information you all have to share, and look forward to learning more as I go along!