Hi everyone, Hubby and I are thinking about getting a few older hens to inhabit our barn when our old pony leaves us. Right now we are on the fence about this, and have a lot of questions. We are in our early 60s and bought our 2 1/2 acre property back in the early 1970s. We thought about keeping chickens back then, but found that the two horses and two small ponies kept us too busy and used up most of our resources at that time. Now we are down to one remaining 33 yr old pony, and she has many health challenges, so we don't expect her to be with us much longer (although we'll be pleasantly surprised if she makes it to 40. Ya never know after all!) Anyways we just fixed up our small barn with a new roof and new coat of stain and paint, and I'm realizing how desolate the building will seem when the pony is gone. We're toying with the thought of converting the horse box stall into a chicken coop so that something living would continue to inhabit the barn. But we have some significant reservations and doubts. I better stop before this gets any longer, and put my questions in a separate post. Glad to be here and thanks in advance for help. I've enjoyed reading through the posts in the forums.