Thank you for the welcomes! I was looking at getting Buff Orpington's originally but they did not have them at TSC and so I talked to some people there and they recommended these as good starter chickens. They told me they have a limited life span and so we decided to get them and then work on getting more next year.
I am looking at the Buff's, or Dominique's. I am really wanting some Easter Eggers and if I have the opportunity to pick some up I will grab at least 2-3 of them. I wouldn't mind a mixed lot of chickens. I have room for a dozen chickens in our set up with them having a lot of space each. I could possibly have a few more, but would not want to over crowd them. I could probably have 20 chickens based on some of the things I am reading, but I am setting my goal at 12. I want a dozen chickens when I am up and running.
So far I am just enjoying the little chicks as they are so cute. They will be very tame because my daughter loves to pick them up. I am not letting her handle them too much at this point. Is there a good age when I can just let her hold them? I pick them up for a moment and hold them and them put them back. I don't want to stress them out and so far they seem very happy.