Hello all from Oklahoma, just three years ago a place I did not expect to ever end up in. I just joined the forum and I do not have chickens yet. My joining is prompted by a question about a beaver, which you will soon see in the predators and pests forum instead of here! (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? I am new to chickens and I plan to first get chickens within a month. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? None. I will probably start with 5-8 primarily for eggs for my family. (3) What breeds do you have? None. I think the best chickens for me will be dual purpose. I would like many eggs, big eggs, and chickens big enough to eat. They will have a lot of space for free-ranging and young kids may interact with them, so do I have to avoid more aggressive breeds? (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? One of your articles was a result when I searched for best chicken breeds for eggs. (5) What are some of your other hobbies? Reading, fishing, hunting, (Settlers of) Catan, card games. (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. I married a good beautiful woman and we are happily accepting all the children God gives us. Our dog is a boxer. He's dumb, but at the same time, smart, and a good listener. I don't have any expectation he will be useful for protecting the chickens. After we get chickens, we will get cats to catch the mice and we plan to get goats, and eventually another dog.