Hi all, just wanted to introduce myself: We will be totally new to the chicken raising thing this spring/summer. We are working on getting our coop ready right now so they have a nice home to roost and lay. Both my husbands and my grandparents/parents raised chickens (lots of them!) so we also have a good reference in them. We are from south-central Pennsylvania where we get a decent winter so I am trying to find a good breed of chicken that lays in the winter. At the same time, it would be great to have a breed with a good temperament so our daughter can pet/hold them. We are a family of 3, my daughter, Keira, just turned 3. I am a health and physical education teacher in a middle school, and my husband is also a health and phys.ed teacher. It will be nice to have summers off together to work on my garden and take care of our new chickens. My other hobbies include gardening, bird watching, running, cooking/baking, hiking, etc. I love being outdoors, which is why I am soooooo ready for winter to be over right now! (we only have about 6-7 inches of snow on the ground right now....ugh.) Anyway, thanks for the input and help! Looks like a very active and helpful forum!