I'm new here and from Florida. Been using the site to research chickens for a,few,years. My daughter is in a vet program and they have free range chickens on their farm. I could tell you why free range is sometimes not a good idea from my perspective. Anyway, our city passed an ordinance to allow beach yard chickens where I live. I had many concerns about the eggs that I gathered on the farm so decided to get my own. The information here is amazing and very eye opening.
We first picked a breed. We live in a subdivision so noise is a concern as is the heat. Decided on just hatched black sex link girls. Then the hutch, ended up buying one but wish I had built one of the ones suggested here. Read, how to care for a chick. Moved on to pre layers then layers. Finally a few weeks,ago we got our fist eggs.
This is the best site. I am really a beginner so have very little to offer. I am just greatful to be here and for the help.