Hi guys! My husband and I are interested in 2 chickens for our backyard - we would like to purchase or build or maybe even a kit built coop/run combo and start with just 2 chicks. We live in a rural neighborhood. One neighbor on one side of us actually has 2 Add to dictionary hens! But their back yard is fenced and they let them run around. Our yard is not and we would like a nice looking coop combo to put in the back yard that is attractive but house comfortable and keep out other neighborhood animals. I have some questions: 1. What breed - we want something as PETs first - we have 3 small dogs but all stay inside. These would be pets and next as some fresh eggs! I have been reading and really like the Australorps. We want something that is sweet and wants to be held petted and friendly. 2. Coops - What is suggested for a budget but nice walk in style? No time to build something ourselves though. 3. How hard is it to raise chicks? I wanted to start there so they knew us and would could have them grow up around us and our setting. 4. Are they ok to be left for a weekend if we went out of town occasionally? Any other info?