I stuck this in here because I'm mid-failed-naptime but wanted to write it all down while I thought of it all. Sorry if it's in the wrong place! I'm looking at a couple of apartments in a farmhouse that are for rent: http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/apa/749370065.html If you follow the link to the FSBO link, you can see a photo of the barn: http://www.forsalebyowner.com/listing/268DA# It's not in perfect shape, but I'm not sure how to tell how much is cosmetic and how much is actually a problem for raising chickens. Most of the information I'm seeing here is for coops, rather than barns... would I need to put a coop inside the barn or is that good enough? Also, she said I'd need to fence in an area for the chickens. She said that there's chicken wire already but the fence isn't usable as is. I'm not really sure what that means. I figure that if I aim to move late in the summer or early in the fall, it's probably not too late. What book would you recommend for the basic quick and dirty steps involved for startup? I don't want to miss out on a whole year because I didn't start reading NOW! I'm interested in winter hardy layers and only a few meat birds for the time being. If I move in Aug 1 and birds arrive Aug 15, is that too late in the year to start with meat turkeys?