Hello to all, I've been toying with the idea of raising chickens for some time now & I've decided to go for it. BUT, the more I read & the more research I do, the more overwhelmed I become. So here I am. I'm going to need a lot of help & what better place to get TRUE help than here. I don't need a lot. I was thinking no more than 10 laying hens. Id like to raise meat birds also but I live in town so a rooster would be out of the question due to crowing. I don't have a lot of space but my yard has a spot where I could build a coop & provide quite a bit of free roaming space. I suppose I'm just intimidated by everything & I know I just need to take one step @ a time. I need coop designs first I guess. Also how much time needs to be dedicated to the birds? Does the run NEED to be covered? Geez, here I go getting overwhelmed again. I'll quit babbling. So anyway, pleased to meet you all. Signed, the Bird Brained (no pun intended) first timer.