Hello from SW Virginia! We are getting ready to start our chicken journey in the coming weeks and have been reading this site like crazy - lots of great info to absorb. A few years ago, we rented a house on an organic farm. Initially, there were 25 hens and one rooster to care for. Unfortunately, the coop was NOT secure - the landlord had no plans to secure it and wouldn't let any of his tenants make modifications either. By the time we moved six months later, the flock was down to 5 thanks to the local coyotes It was a sad situation, but we did learn a bit (about what NOT to do) while we were there. We recently moved to a new house in the city that has an extra half lot. Currently, the half lot is just grass (totally sucks to mow) but we are planning on turning it into our own little urban homestead complete with chickens and veggie gardens. At the moment we are just vermicomposting in our basement and can't wait to expand! We are allowed to have up to 10 chickens but I'm thinking we will probably start with 3-4 this year. We plan on building our coop and run to accommodate the max though because I'm sure chicken math=10 will come in to play at some point... At the moment, we are anxiously waiting for our heating plate to arrive so we can pick out our chicks, and as long as the snow stays away we will start working on building the coop this weekend. Looking forward to RESPONSIBLE chicken-keeping and learning more from this awesome community!!!