Hi, Well didn't get the go ahead from the misses last year but since I am feeling better this year I brought up the possibility again and she is considering it... So I am looking at 5 or 6 dual purpose birds Probably two Black Australorps, two Barred Rocks and one or two Golden Buffs. Main goal of eggs for my family of 5 (we go through about a dozen a week). I came across a watering system that looks like a great idea but I'm wondering if I should consider it in my startup costs... It's called the "Drip Chick Auto Watering System" http://www.autowaterkit.com/ at $54.95 seems a bit pricey but I really like the concept, instead of a standard waterer... Any thoughts?