Hello everyone, My name is Jessica, and I've been lurking here for quite some time now, b/c I've not been real sure whether we were going to keep chickens or not. Well, we went today to get the supplies to build our coop, so that means that we are going to be keeping chickens! I'm so excited and I know that my girls are excited, at least the older 2, as my youngest is only 8 months. My dh, on the other hand, is kind of in disbelief that we are going to have chickens. I think he must think we're crazy, but, he's going to build us the coop, so, he must be into it on some level! Anyway, I'm thinking of getting around 5-6 chickens as we have neighbors all around us (and yes, I've checked the local ordinances, and no, there are no rules whatsoever on keeping poultry). I wonder what they're going to think. We are pretty close with our neighbors next to us, they have children that play with ours, and they haven't objected to our plans, but still...... Anyone know of any breeds that are good with kids and that can tolerate cold? I live near Pittsburgh, Pa, if that helps. What I've been thinking about are, buff orpingtons, black australorps, Rhode Island reds, my daughter wants a white chicken, and I'm interested in the Easter eggers. Anyone have any more suggestions? Thanks!