Hey, Everybody!! I am Charlie from South Carolina. We moved to a new home near Charleston with 12 and a half acres near the end of summer. I am married to Amy, and we have six kids. We homeschool them, always have. Getting chickens to have our own eggs has been pretty high on the priority list ever since we started looking for land a couple of years ago. I did have a beehive, but my older son developed an allergy to the stings, so they had to go bye-bye. My biggest question at this point is how many chickens do I need? Goal is for the chickens to provide eggs for our use. We normally use 2-3 doz a week. We have been buying from other individuals around us who have many more chickens and raise them to sell the eggs. From the scant bit of reading I have done so far, the laying rate depends on the breed. Our climate is hot and humid. I am particularly interested in the composting article in the Learning Center. I heard about BYC from a friend of mine who lives in a subdivision with 4 chickens he got last spring.