Hello, I'm Sheila. I'm 57 years old and going to be getting about 10 young chickens soon to put in a coop / run that will be coming out of my enclosed shed. I've NEVER raised chickens and a lady I'm talking to breeds many kinds, told me to come here. She's helping me tons but this site will help keep her sanity intact from my constant barrage of questions. SO MANY QUESTIONS lol I live in what used to be the country, but I have neighbors, where we can see each others houses now so... We had game chickens dumped out here last spring. We went from 5 chickens running the neighborhood to over 40 with all the young and then more chicks... until.... they started getting picked off. Not fun anymore. My husband knew they started a fire in me, wanting my own eggs and chicken meat but like this. Yesterday he finished my chicken enclosure. I'm still terrified things are going to stalk and kill my babies.... (it's different if I kill them or have them killed for food). I have 8 dogs and 4 cats, they never bothered the chicks or the adult game chickens as the chickens came through our FENCED yard. I'm hoping to learn so much here. Our enclosure is said to be able to hold minimum 20 adult chickens, (not wanting but 10-12 tops). I have nesting areas inside the shed / house that will allow 9 hens to lay, again, not planning on that many but all those areas have roosting ledge... shelf... not sure what to call it, but they can roost or lay in there. TONS OF HAY, lots of dirt outside. Going to pick up some kind of watering system and feeding system tomorrow. Wow I rambled on didn't I?