Hi, I am new to this world...I have wanted backyard chickens for several years. Even took a chicken keeping 101 class. Could not convince my husband until recently. We went on a chicken tour around Raleigh this past weekend and he said I could have some!! yay! Now I have spent numerous hours reading online and looking at coops. We live in a pretty urban area and also have 2 dogs. From what I have read about breeds Americaunas might be the best choice for us. I really want a sweet chicken. He wants the eggs, I want pets... I just can't get over how cute the silkie's are but theie eggs are small. Can someone please advice me on the best breeds? I plan on starting with 2-3 chickens. Is it possible to get 1 silkie and 1 americauna or 2 americaunas and 1 silkie. I heard Silkies get picked on. I also am worried that our dogs will eat the poop and get salmonella. How big of a problem is this? I plan to let them free range some in our yard a few hours a day. I also need a very quiet chicken because our neighbors are so close. I love some of the smaller coop plans on this website but don't know where people got the plans. I want a coop/run that is attractive and about 4x6. Thanks in advance!