I suffer from fibromyalgia (and the cfs that comes with it), tinnitus, dysmenorrhea, and endometriosis. It is uncertain whether I may be working my way towards arthritis. We do our best to try and manage my issues but as it happens, fibro tends to take cycles and 2012-2013 has been a long and unpleasant one. Sadly it is keeping me from doing the things that give me the most joy.. For those of you with debilitating fibromyalgia, how do you manage care for you flock? On my worst days I am incapable of using my hands, arms, shoulders and back. Sometimes my ankles and shins give me a really hard time too. I am so desperate to keep a small flock, preferably 3 hens, but I always worry whether I would make a good hen mother on the days where I can't function. Suggestions on this, and the best chickens for someone with hearing sensitivities would be very appreciated! The concept that we've come up with is a run of about 18'x6' alongside our garage with the coop to be built inside and the coop door to open into the run. The run would also be surrounding a well groomed holly tree in the center (good perching spot), would hens be okay with this space on days where I can't let them free range our yard? I'm more or less looking into breeds that can tolerate the coastal Georgia heat and humidity, but would also be easy to handle/"friendly"/calm (because of my arms) and less likely to be overly-gabby (neighbor proximity). Birds that are medium layers since, besides a few friends, I would really be the only person eating or using the eggs. I've been reading up for the last year and some, but at times I still feel I need someone on the outside to give me a push in the right direction. This probably wouldn't happen until 2014 as it is a difficult decision for me to make. Thank you for any ideas, suggestions and experiences. They will be appreciated.