I have lurked on this forum for years it seems with my homeschool children. We have hatched chickens/ducks a few years now in late winter and kept the chicks/ducklings for a little bit before bringing them back to a farm we got the eggs/bator from. It was always a great experience for us all but bittersweet that we could not keep the birds. We are moving though! Down to GA and found a rental house who said we could have chickens. We are in hopes of getting that home, wish us luck that they pick up! I would love to just buy a coop/run and put it together as a place to start. We eat a lot of eggs so I think 6 chickens for our family of 6 would be great. I am finding adorable coops to buy but most are just for 3 chickens. My husband said just get two of them then but wouldn't all the chickens if let out into the yard go into one coop at night? I know you all love building them but with the move and so many other things we will have going on I think buying one would be the best option!