Hi everyone! My name is Karen and I am here to learn more about raising chickens! I want to start my own backyard flock, so I am combing the net for any info on coops, breeds, maintaining a small flock, etc. I am especially interested in chickens that are docile, good layers, hardy, and very forgiving of newbie owners! I have been looking at Buff Orpingtons and Wyandottes, but advice to any other suitable breed is greatly appreciated! We have no interest in meat birds at this time. Our family has a small 7 acre farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I work for the Postal Service as a rural carrier substitute and my husband Kevin is a paramedic. We have 4 boys (all teenagers, ugh) between us. Our furry family includes, 3 horses, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. Looking forward to meeting y'all!