I've read around the site, and I've learned so much! I'm looking to get set up this spring for chickens and have a plan in mind, but haven't seen where anyone describes doing something similar so am thinking I might be going at this the wrong way. I have a playhouse that I'll be converting into a coop, it's probably 6'x6'ish. It's up off the ground so I want to fence in underneath it in case I want them in a small area, but they'll mainly have free range of an area about 20-30' x 150', ground ranges from open grass to under deciduous trees to under evergreens with brush. I'll probably give them access to the whole front yard now and then, the goats are already out there during the day. I plan to get a pair of geese as some sort of protection. We have no coyotes, roaming dogs are fairly rare, so it is mostly aerial predators and cougars (one was shot the back of the property just yesterday after getting a neighbour's goat actually) and bears. Clearly nothing will stop the cougars/bears, so it is ravens/eagles that I'm hoping the geese could warn/deter a bit. The area the chickens will be ranging in isn't really feasible to net the top. As for purpose, I'd like chickens for eggs mainly, I'd like a colour variety in the eggs and pretty chickens. I'd also like to be able to put some meat in the freezer as well, so ideally dual purpose breeds for the most part, but I think sometimes pretty eggs and chickens may win over in amt of meat on a breed. So my idea is once I'm ready to get a bunch of straight run chicks, thinking black copper marans, maybe 10 or so. Let them grow up until I can ID hens/roosters and choose maybe 3 hens to keep and butcher the rest. Then when I'm ready/when I find chicks, get another 10 or so and do the same and continue a few times over the next year or so as I need more meat or am ready to grow up some more egg laying hens. Does that sound okay? Or will it be a royal pain to introduce new chicks every so often? Thanks!