Hi, I'm new to the forum and BYC but am a long-time gardener and just moved out of Columbus area to a couple acres in the country, so I'm planning to add a few chickens for eggs, meat and ambiance around the garden. Chickens will add some ambiance, won't they? Since I'm still working a full-time job, commuting and starting from scratch on my gardens, i need to keep my daily chicken time commitment to a minimum, so i'd appreciate some tips on doing this efficiently as possible. We have young grandchildren, so I'm looking at starting with a few breeds like Buff Orpingtons since they're supposed to be calm and friendly. Right off the start, i have a few questions... How much time per day does it take to raise chicks? To maintain 10 hens and maybe a rooster? Is there much difference in time commitment between keeping 10 chickens and 20 or 30? Is there a breed that the roosters are known to be quieter and usually friendly (especially with children)?