I am trying to do all that I can to see that my family has "healthy" meat and produce for our table. I have been gardening for years and am expanding. I the last 10 months I have bought and butchered a hog from a local farmer, started raising rabbits, and got a side of grass feed beef. I am interested in having some chickens for eggs. We have a friend who we have been getting eggs from and I can hardly eat store bought eggs any more. I found BYC while searching for coop ideas. This is a great site for information and ideas and I am glad I found it. Any recommendations on breed(s) for a newbie would be appreciated. I am looking at building a coop and starting with 5-6 birds. Thank you BYC for adding be to the flock.