My wife and I live in Virginia and we are considering the prospect of raising a few chickens. We are animal lovers through and through so my only fear is that my wife will bring them inside when it get's cold! We live on 30 acres so space will not be a problem. Several of our friends have small flocks so we'll have plenty of support. One of them is a veterinarian...bonus! My guess is I'll have until spring to get a coop built as soon as I decide on the design. Building it will be a big part of the fun for me. The BYC site has been a huge help in my research...and a big motivator too!!