To Coop or Not To Coop, That is the question. Whether it is nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of outraged neighbors, or to take arms and hammer and build me a chicken coop and get some chickens.

I want chickens.

I have been plotting this for some time. For three years I have researched it and researched it some more. And I think that this spring I am going to do it. I’m a get me some chickens for my backyard.

The zoning in my town allows me to keep up to 6 hens in my backyard. I love eggs and we use quite a few of them in my house. The idea of fresh farm eggs everyday is irresistible to me. I also think the kids can learn some valuable lessons from the raising and caring of chickens. So I am now resolved to do it.

Currently I am trying to finalize my design so I can build a chicken coop or a chicken tractor. I think I have settled on Rhode Island Reds as the breed. But I am open to suggestions from the experienced.

Does anybody out there have any experience with chickens? Coops? Or anything chicken related? I would love to hear from you.

What do you think? Am I crazy or inspired?

*subhead*Getting chickens.*subhead*