Hello all, My name's Jim and I live just west of Lincoln. We can see the capital from my back yard. I've never raised chickens before and don't have any yet. I started building a coop January 1 using The Garden Coop plans. I'm about 75% done with the coop and hope to be populating it soon. It's slow going building in January, but the weather has been cooperating nicely (global climate change?!?!) I first thought about chickens last year when the squash bugs were so bad on my pumpkins. Somebody told me to get chickens to eat the bugs. Of course by now I've figured out that chickens and gardens aren't a recommended mix and they won't eat squash bugs anyway. But after researching chickens, I though I would give it a try. I'm hoping to get 4-6 Barred Rock hens, but may wind up taking some hens from my sister-in-law who lives just south of Hickman.