Hi, Moved here from the pacific northwest last spring and I've been pretty homesick. I had to leave my wonderful tiny flock of backyard hens with an animal rescue place there and think about them all the time. I'm planning on starting a new tiny flock (3 hens) this spring and converting the root shed in my backyard into their chicken fortress. It's been nice to be able to log into BYC as a lurking non-member all through my move but it made me miss my girls a lot. Think I'm finally ready to start over. I live in a typical 50's built suburban neighborhood of little houses in Nampa. My house is tiny but it has a big yard that will have a pretty big veggie garden this summer. In addition to their eggs what I really value about chickens is the free manure and bug patrol, this place could use both, -a lot. A spider the size of a silver dollar ran across my floor last summer and plenty of others the size of quarters. Back in the PNW my chickens ranged in my yard and ate ALL the huge slugs and snails, and helped with sowbugs and cutworms. Here I hope they take care of the earwigs and dare I say it, giant friggin' wolf spiders. While it's still winter I'm combing the pages of BYC looking for the best breed/housing ideas, etc for my situation. I've called to the county extension office and they said a few hens, no rooster, 50 feet from the nearest neighbor and it should be okay. I'm planning on one each of the following, hopefully quiet reliable egg layers if I can find them all at once: Australorp, Black Star and Plymouth Rock, -but I have a back up list if one or more is unavailable. If anyone knows a good local supplier big or small I'd be happy to hear about it, I know there's at least one big breeder in Caldwell but they get mixed reviews from my research. Thanks!