My husband tried for 10 years before finally convincing me (a city girl) to let him start a hen house. He bought 17 chicks from the store and 2 small coups. He also built a fenced yard that was big enough to fit both small coups and 1 large coup with extra yard space. It has been a couple of years since he started our little family and I would never have thought then that I would love our chickens but I do. They are fun to watch, as they flock to us whenever we go to feed them or just go to be with them.