I have many questions!
What are the top 3 best breeds?
Really good egg layers
-sweet and cuddly (they will be pets too)
-I love the idea of pretty eggs, but everything else I listed is more important
I plan to start with 3 chickens at first. I'm not sure about free ranging although I'd love to. We have a 5 ft fence, but we have a lot of hawks. Also I'm nervous about them not getting back in the coop during the day if I have to leave. We also have a wall of pinetrees I'd have difficulty crawling into if they chose to hide there.
Is it mean to keep them in a coop/run most of the time? I read 5 square ft per chicken but is that good enough if they don't get to free range much?
I'd like to keep them up against my house if the ordinance allows. Are there health concerns with that, like bird mites or sanitary issues?
what is the best floor bottom? Easiest to clean with the least smell?
Thank you in advance for ALL of the help!