Getting ready to embark on our first backyard chicken experience! We just got a chicken coop and run. Pretty small, from Costco. Claims to hold six chickens I'm thinking 4 is more realistic. The dimensions are 71x45x77. We are planning on painting it this weekend and putting it up. Trying to decide which breed of chickens to get! I've been doing some reading and am leaning towards Rhode Island Red. Any suggestions? Here are the things that are important to us
Egg production, we want lots of eggs!
Easy to care for/hearty
Not jumpy, relaxed birds
Birds that are comfy in a coop
My daughter would like friendly birds
My bf and I live in CA with my daughter, our four cats who are outdoor and skilled hunters, and a large pitbull. Our yard can be busy.
Over the course of a year, on average, the temperature varies from 38F to 98F. Rarely is it above 98F or below 30F.
I have a fairly large garden and I don't plan on giving the hens much, if any, access to it because I don't want them destroying it. Really the main thing I want is good egg production. My daughter wants a friendly bird. My bf wants both.