Good afternoon from southeast Oklahoma. We recently moved us and our horses onto some rural land and are heading down the yellow brick road to "ranching". Once I got our horses settled, I turned my eye, and husband's building talents, towards a coop and getting chickens. Husband only agreed after I explained that my chickens would join his battle against the fire ants moving in. If they don't eat fire ants, please don't tell him! We are putting the final touches on our coop. I have never had chickens before, but am lucky to have two close friends that raise chickens. And this site. I am hoping to start with 4-5 pullets. Husband put the cabash on any roosters, but never specifically stated any specific maximum number of hens. Let the good times roll! Free range is the ultimate goal. Any and all advice on breeds that lay moderately well and do great at free range will be welcome. Thank you all for the amazing advice and information on this site.