Wow I love this site! I have not actually started raising chickens yet, as I am still in the research mode but I wanted to introduce myself. I am really excited to get going and with a great forum like this one I don't think I will have any trouble getting all the answers I need. My husband and I have been talking about it for sometime now and we finally got all the materials for a coop just the other day. I had my first veggie garden this year and I had so much fun with it. I am really excited to get going on the new endeavor. I do have one question. I noticed that almost every one has a mixed flock. Are there any pros or cons to having only one breed in your flock verse having a mix of breeds? We are debating between getting Barreds and Rhode Island Reds, but maybe we will just do a few of each.