I am in oklahoma and this chicken raising is brand new to me. But I love it! We are interested in having fresh eggs, not interested in eating our chickens. It is very addicting for sure. I started with five chickens, three Rhode Island reds and 2 australorps. They just started laying about a month ago, it has been so fun!!! They roam free in the back yard and provide lots of entertainment. We also have a group of 2 month old baby chicks who we have separated from the big ladies. It appears we may also accidentally have a rooster! We aren't entirely sure... Two of the chicks are Easter Eggers, beautiful silver ladies. Some are also olive egg layers. This is a new adventure, but is so much fun! I have been educating myself with information from backyard chickens for months but thought I should join. Thanks for all the information you have provided me already!