I apologize in advance if this should be in another area. I was having trouble deciding between putting it here or in Breeds in General. Not trying to make more work for anyone! We just closed on our new home on three acres this week. We will be moving from a little apartment in a suburban area out to "the country." The first two things I want are a garden and chickens. We've decided to wait until spring to get any chicks because I want to start with babies and I don't want to have to worry about them making it through the winter. But, I would like to decide on what breeds and how many we want now so we can prepare a coop and budget and all that. I know that I will eventually want a fairly large number of chickens (50-75), both for eggs and meat, but I can't decide if we should start small and build up to that, or just go full hog from the get go. The breeds that are appealing to me are Rhode Island Reds (I had one as a child) and Buff Orpingtons. I also like the Plymouth Rocks, though. Should I just start with a dozen or two now and build up the flock over the next few years, or should I buy as many as I think I want right now? Should I just get a straight run of one breed and then butcher the cockerels once we get to that stage, or should I buy two or more different breeds, planning ahead of time to butcher a certain breed for meat and keep the other over the winter for eggs? I have a lot of questions, so any tips or advice is greatly appreciated!