We bought 6 female chicks and a prefabbed coop. I have set the coop up and just waiting on our chicks to get big enough. Have been doing a lot of reading on our new members to our family. We have 1 rescued dog. 5 (4 inside) cats, all rescued. Have always wanted chickens for better health. I raise a garden for better food so why not raise my own eggs. We will be working the next week to the coop to make it stronger and keep out the predators that we have in our area. So any advice would most welcomed....we have raccoons, possums, groundhogs, mice and black snakes. Not a fan of snakes but I let him stay around to keep the mice away and other dangerous snakes. So thank you for letting me join your neck of the woods!!!