Wanted to drop in and say hello and introduce myself. My name is Jay and live in Scottsdale, Arizona. We live on a great property (no H.O.A & nice animal friendly neighbors) with plenty of backyard. For a few months now we've been getting ready for chickens (asking questions, reviewing forums like this, etc.). Just attended a fun local class in my area on backyard chickens and looking forward to a Tour De Coops here in Phoenix this weekend. Friends who have chickens recommended we look for Barred Rocks / Black Star chickens as they are best layers and good with kids (we have 2 daughters 7 years and 4 years). Since just starting out we will probably get 2 chicks but might do 4. Next step for us is finding a good location that we should buy the chicks from and getting our coop built or bought that is AZ heat ready and coyote proof (we have a few in our area that I've seen at night). If any advice for a Newbie share away.