Hi Chicken peeps! (See what I did there?) I live west of Little Rock out in the Ouachita National Forest...and we are looking into building a small coop and having a little flock of 4 hens or so. Mostly for the eggs...and partly for the entertainment and bug eating. I ran across this site and it's fantastic! The hard part is going to be deciding on a design for our coop! There are so many great pictures and creative designs! Predator management is a must...so we will be looking for design elements that will hopefully keep the girls safe. We both have some chicken raising experience. But not for personal hobby. I'd like to get my birds from a local source rather than mail order. What breeds would you all suggest that are decent layers and will respond to handling. I want to be able to hold them and have them be somewhat friendly. I know that will take consistent handling from a young age...but I also bet there are some friendlier or more calm breeds than others. For you experienced folks...if you could do one thing different from back when you were just getting started...what would that be? Thanks so much for all of the great info on this site. It is truly a remarkable resource!