Hello! I am a new member to this site. My husband and I are empty nesters and want to raise chickens. We have never raised chickens before and did not grow up on a farm. We have started building our coop this week. We will be purchasing about 20 layers in July. We are debating about having 1 rooster to protect the girls. We live on an acreage and have some predators lurking about. We have attended local workshops and have been reading books and searching the internet for information. We were surprised by all the information and the people willing to share their stories. This website has been very helpful.