Hello everyone! I'm from Norwood, Ohio, where our city of about 20,000 recently adopted a law allowing up to seven hens. We'll be researching chicken-keeping and coop designs until the weather lets up a bit and then taking the plunge. Neither my wife or myself have any farming experience, but we do have about an acre of uncut forest in our back yard, and I'm slowly taking out all the honeysuckle which is exotic and invasive. Anyone with any coop design recommendations is welcome to post a link or photo or PM me with plans. We'll also take all the advice we can get so if there's websites / threads you recommend for newbies, please feel free. I lied, I did raise JohnnyRooster, when I was young. I noticed him in a neighbor's backyard, and thought he was a baby bluebird that fell out of his nest. It was just after Easter and the little guy was about three inches tall, and didn't look very comfortable trying to hop around in the snow. My neighbor didn't know a thing about him, so I gathered him up and took him home. It was a Rhode Island Red rooster who had been colored blue to be sold as an Easter chick. I guess that when the owner didn't know what to do with him, he was released or maybe he just escaped or perhaps was let outside and then simply forgotten; anyway, I raised him, feeding him bread crumbled in a bowl of warm milk. Later when he got too big and could escape from his cardboard box home we transferred him to the back yard. Once he got to where he started crowing all the time, we decided to send him to my uncle's farm where he could live a long life (so we thought) and be comfortable. The next time we went to see him, he was missing. They said, "Well, he just wouldn't stop pecking people's shoelaces, so we had him for dinner." I don't know where he got that habit from, because he was fine at our house. Maybe it was his way of protesting the large number of chickens in the pen. They had about fifty or so, and in my opinion the pen and coop were too small to support that many birds. Needless to say, I thought a LOT less of my relatives after they slaughtered and ate my PET!!! Thanks for having us and we're looking forward to a fun time being city-dwelling chicken-farmers.