I have LOVED all of the information you guys pass around on this forum! I wanted to fill you in on my goal, and see if you can offer a "plan of attack" to carryout my mission. I live in a subdivision, but have a nice sized yard that backs up to a wooded area. I would like to add a small coop to that back area, but am only looking to add enough birds to provide a few eggs for the family, and allow the kids (6 and 8) to get involved with the process of raising and caring for chicks, and bringing them through the egg-bearing process. I was thinking 2-3 hens would suffice in doing this. But I was wondering if someone could walk me through the process of what needs to be done at the different stages of chick life. How big of an area do I need for 2-3 chick/hens? How much noise do they make? How much "aroma" do they generate? What do they eat? How do they fare in Summer/Winter? What are some common health concerns? If you folks could just point me in the direction of a few good books, that may be good too! I want to make sure I have all the facts together before I get involved in this. It seems as it could be a very fun and rewarding hobby!