Hey all, My kids and I are getting geared up to have a few hens on our property - right in the middle of urban Melbourne - we're beyond excited and a bit nervous and, well I'm concerned that I do everything right - especially coop design and placement. Here is our plan - we can have 4 hens - so I was looking at the breeds, Barred Rock, Rhode Island Red and Production hens - and I was planning on getting the chicks from Funky Chicken Farm as soon as we can secure a coop and get that set up. We'd like to have a variety in our hens - so weren't planning on getting all the same breed. We want hens that are not only good egg layers, but also healthy and gentle and won't mind handling. We have been told that if buying young chicks, its a good idea to get a few more than you really want, as you sometimes lose one and sometimes you end up with a rooster or two, so I was considering buying 6 chicks when the time comes, and - well - if we end up with six hens - we'd have to decide on four, and if we did get a rooster or one died, well, we'd not have to worry about introducing new chicks into the flock and having them pecked to death. I'd welcome all advice and comraderie from other southeast chicken keepers - my son and I are so excited about this new project!