I dont need a lot of chickens as its just hubby & I. Hatcheries tend to have a high min order. And im not in a rush to be collecting eggs. I think it might be fun to hatch eggs and I have a couple friends with incubators so thats also a option. Im also not sure if I want a mixed breed flock of mutts or a few select breeds or just one breed. Whats a good starting number for a begginer flock? I also have five dogs and three cats who would love to eat any leftover eggs.