Hello, my husband & I got our flock about 3 weeks ago. We live in Sebastopol with our toddler, 2 dogs, cat, 2 lizards and 8 hens. We have friends who raise chickens and have wanted to do our own coop for over a year now, so after much planning, reading & building, we finally did it! We have 1 Barred Rock ( mentioned first because she is our alpha hen), 2 Buff Orps, 3 EE's and 2 supposed Cuckoo Marans, but one is not a Marans I've decided, but that's another thread. All except the Marans were gotten from Pepper Ranch Poultry in Petaluma, but they all came to us on the same day, have worked out their pecking order & all seem happy settled. So far the BR & 1 Orp are laying, we are happy with 2 eggs a day but are so eggcited to get more! This site is a great resource and I am so thankful you're all here and willing to help.