Ok, see here is the deal. My wife and I have been on a lifestyle change for the past several years which has included gardening, buying food through the Oklahoma Food COOP, farmers markets, buying local milk, homeschooling our kids, etc. This is a complete change for us. Next on the list is getting a few hens for the backyard...we want to have eggs of our own and fertilizer for the garden. I was thinking about starting with three to four hens. My question is, which breed should I choose? Any suggestions? Also, here is another twist to the story....my wife and I are on a year long challenge to not buy anything new in 2008 (you can check out my wife's blog for more on that...insearchofsimpleliving.blogspot.com). I have rationalized that chickens won't fall into the 'new' category because they will actually be productive members of the family. However, I will be trying to find all that I need, to raise the chicks, used. This would include feeders, coop, etc. So, if anyone lives in Oklahoma (I live in Jenks which is in NE OK, just outside of Tulsa) and has used stuff that they would like to sell or get rid of, please let me know. Thanks for any advice that you might have.