Hey, everyone! Nice to meet you all. I've been interested in getting some fowl for awhile, and my father has finally agreed to letting me have a few hens. I plan to get some Freedom Rangers to raise for meat and I'm trying to decide on a second breed for eggs. At first I'll probably start with three of each. I only have a 16.7 sq ft coop, but I have a large wooded area I plan to let them free range all day and just put them up at night. Does this sound acceptable? I'm a bit new to all this. I've been in rabbits for awhile now, but I figured some free-ranged, hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken meat and eggs for the table would be a great addition. I plan to feed fermented or sprouted grain, mealworms, scraps, and cracked corn in winter. I have a guard dog that keeps the possums, raccoons, and foxes away from my rabbits, so I presume the chickens will be safe, especially considering I've put rabbits in the coop and they've been fine. I'm in the Birmingham area and am trying to decide on a great dual-purpose or straight layer that would lay well all year would be. Any Alabamians with first-hand knowledge? I want a bird who can survive our crazy weather! Thanks in advance and cheers!