Howdy! I owned a couple of Road Island Reds and a couple of Leg Horns that were given to my Grandmother by a friend of the family. She had chickens when she was younger so she taught me stuff about raising chickens. I dont know if they were the right things or not, a lot of it I'm sure I forgot. My neighbor has chickens - little Road Island Reds. I picked one up the other day and hugged it and laughed myself to tears at the goofy bird. She was so friendly. Almost dog-like. My husband wants to get birds. I am on the fence (ha ha! Pun!) on what kind of birds I want to buy. To start with I definately want egg layers but eventually I would like meat chickens too. I do not know what breeds are better for egg layers or what might be available here in Central Florida. My local feedstore sells chicks. I dont know how to tell if they are males, or females or anything beyond their being completely cute. So here I am, learning and reading. Any thoughts or suggestions to get me started would be great. My husband has already looked into coop plans which include protection from the elements and predators.