Hello everyone, I've been doing a lot of research lately on what all it take to take care of a flock. I am extremely new to all of this but also very excited. Through all the websites I've come across this one seems to have the best community. Everyone seems very eager to help and encourage as well as give their opinion =). So now for the introduction. I am 28 years old and have been married for 5 years. My wife Dana and I have a 4 year old boy (Braden) and just recently have bought our first home. We live in Va. so any help on how to raise chickens in the climate here would be great. I am planning on having 5-7 hens and possible a rooster. I've started the coop when finished it will be 8'x4' I chose those dimensions because I am not the most handy person and sheets of plywood come 8'x4'. I guess my next question would be what breed/hybrid chickens should i choose as a novice? or does it really matter? what do I need to know about my flocks health and that short of thing...I'm sure i could be on here for hours asking questions, so and advise for a newbie would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for listening to my little ramble and I look forward to getting know all of you =).