Hello everyone! A forum really helped me with my pet hedgehog, so I thought I'd give this one a go! Anyways, my name's Anna. I'm currently in high school, and I'm hoping to get a few chickens once I graduate in June. Mostly for eggs, and as a project to keep me busy (Any other person would want an expensive trip or a car. I just want some chickens ) I have experience with other livestock; I've been riding horses for 13 years, and showing for 7. I'm also raising my third market pig for FFA. I was planning on doing chickens through FFA too, but that fell through when my family found out we had to keep 50 of them in the garage! I still want to try some chickens, but just four of them. I have a friend that keeps them, and he kinda got me into them too, and has taught me some of the basics. Again, it won't be until the end of June that we get them, so I'm trying to do as much research as possible between now and then. So far, I've decided between either Buff Orpingtons or Black Australorps. I have a three year old nephew who is over at our house a lot. He loves animals, and loves to help me with the pig, and when I feed horses. Which would be better for me as a beginner, and for my nephew to learn about too? One last thing, I have two Labradors. One of them is very laid-back and won't be much of a problem, the other is very curious about new things. My parents are worried he'll kill one of them at some point. Is it possible to desensitize and train him to leave them alone? Thanks for any help! I look forward to learning more!