Hello everyone! I'm new to owning and raising chickens. We don't have any currently, but we're planning on possibly buying some chicks from mypetchicken.com in the future. I've mainly just been trying to do some research and find more info on chickens before we take the plunge. I do have a rough idea of what breeds we'd like to get, though, including rhode islands, black & red stars and easter eggers. I'm also considering leghorns, australops, wyandottes, and possibly plymouth rocks. Info on any of these would be greatly appreciated! We're interested in docile chickens that are good egg layers, but easy to handle too. I also had a few other questions regarding chicken care, though I'm not sure if this is the right place for them. Here goes: 1) We're allowed to own up to 6 chickens in our area. We originally intended to buy only 3, but now we're considering getting a few more. Are chickens generally happier in a larger group? What are the pros and cons of buying more (other than the extra maintenance and upkeep)? 2) We have quite a few bird feeders and a bench that we spread seed across for squirrels, etc. There's almost always a big pile of seeds and shells underneath that the birds have picked through, and I was worried the chickens might find these "scraps" equally appealing. Could they catch diseases from the birds and squirrels or become ill? 3) Our garden consists mainly of daylilies, but we do also have daffodils, foxglove and probably many other poisonous/toxic plants that I'm not aware of. Would chickens be likely to try and eat these, or do they mainly stick to foraging low to the ground? 4) We have a lot of lesser celandine (a type of small, low-growing yellow flower/weed) and I wondered if these are edible. I tried looking them up and for the most part they seem harmless, however some sites say that the leaves become slightly toxic during and after they bloom. We also have an abundance of onion grass and clover popping up in the lawn. 5) Lastly... Are hawks a threat to full-grown chickens weighing at least 6-8 pounds? Thanks in advance!