Hi! I live in Des Moines, IA and have been wanting chickens for a couple of years now. We finally have a bit of money to put into it and will probably have everything set up within a month! So I am here, learning all I need to know about starting our own little flock of chickens. I have 5 kids (age 4-11) and 3 boxer dogs. If there are any other dog owners who have tips on training a guard-type dog to behave around chickens, I'd love to hear from you! For the most part, the dogs and chickens will be kept separate. But, since we all share the same property, I'd like them to get to know each other. I look forward to getting to know all of you and learning all I can here and especially look forward to having my own backyard chickens!