Hi everyone my name is Drew and I'm from the FL panhandle. My wife has recently decided that she wants chickens and, being the man that will be in charge of building her a coop, I have decided to do a little research. That led me here, and I must say this is a great website! I'm actually quite surprised at how many people are avid chicken owners, though maybe I shouldn't be. Anyhow, I figure there is no one better to ask for startup advice than those with experience, and it seems that this is the place to find it. While there are probably answers to all of my questions to be found elsewhere on the site, it can't hurt to ask right? I'll start with the scenario: We live on a city lot in North Florida. Our city codes do not address ownership of chickens so it is neither legal, nor illegal. It's sort of a "don't tick off the neighbors and all is well" situation. My wife would like chickens for eggs (and companionship) only, not to slaughter. We have a 7 year old daughter and a 25 lb. pug. Our dog LOVES all other animals so there is no chance that he would try and harm any chickens. So what I need is advice on breeds of chickens and styles of coops. To keep the neighbors happy, we need chickens that are as quiet as possible. Also, I need to be able to keep them without a lot of foul odor drifting into neighboring lots. I guess what I need are quiet, egg laying, dog friendly (as in they won't try and hurt my dog) chickens and advice on how to pen them. There are raccoons, possums, and the occasional hawk around, but no coyotes or bobcats where I live. Also, we are avid vegetable gardeners and have a garden in the back yard where the chickens would be. Is this something chickens may damage? Thanks in advance for any advice on getting started, and I look forward to sharing our experience with you!