Hello! My name is Kelly and this is my first post. I may have put the cart a little before the horse in joining now, if I am honest. For years now, I have been slightly obsessed with the idea of having a few chickens of my own, but what with renting and then issues with the job market forcing my husband and me to live with his parents it has never been feasible. I am happy to say that our prospects are looking up and I am now looking forward to maybe having a place of our own and as such maybe my dream of fresh eggs and the happy clucking of some feathery ladies will be happening sooner rather than later. Hence my name, wishingandhopin it was supposed to be hoping but you know character restrictions. With this in mind, I will probably be little more than a lurker and questioner, for the immediate future at least. If anyone has any advice for a complete novice like me I would be so grateful. I would also be glad for advice on breeds as well. I am currently torn between Easter Eggers and Silver-laced Wyandottes. I love the idea of all the different colored eggs and honestly the beards on the Easter Eggers just make them look so cute, but I think the silver-laced wyandottes are just so beautiful looking and I really like that they are a heritage breed. I will be wanting to start small at first just to get the hang of things I was thinking a max of 5, and all of that depends on the restrictions where I can find a suitable house. If you have a favorite breed though that you think I should consider please let me know as I do not know anyone who actually has chickens in real life. The only trouble I can foresee is that they need to be relatively hardy since they will have to weather the trials and tribulations of Kansas summers and winters, I know that chickens as a whole are pretty hardy but it gets into the triple digits and this winter especially it has been very severe.