Hi! I recently decided to get some chickens. I've always loved them and thought they were so useful and cool. Luckily my parents both love chickens too and my Dad has had or has cared for many in his lifetime so I have some guidance, but I still know I need to learn a lot before next Spring (when I decided I would be ready to get them). Not to mention I need to look into coop designs and figure out how to build one myself (or at least find one to modify). So coming across this forum was awesome. XD And any starting advice would be great! EDIT: I live in New Mexico, so it's pretty hot. I'd have 3-4 hens, no roosters to start with, and the coop would be in my backyard (which has enough space for that and some wandering during the day, possibly). I have tall walls around my yard, but the neighborhood does have a lot of cats, so they wouldn't be out unsupervised necessarily).