I've spent an awful lot of time here researching coops and breeds, and just now becoming a member. I have my coop (a pre-fab from cconly.com), and posting a review of it was my reason for signing up. I live in a little bedroom community outside Corpus Christ, TX, called Portland. I'm married and have 4 children. I gave chickens almost no notice until my 12-year-old daughter became intent on having some... and I think I'm starting to get it. Our coop is pretty much set, but I'm going around in my head trying to decide what kind of chickens to get. I was about to settle on all Orpingtons (probably Buff), but then I read on wikipedia that their egg production is far less now (because breeders have focused on appearance more than egg productivity) than it used to be - perhaps only 200 eggs per year, but I'd heard 300 per year here and elsewhere. So now I'm torn, because part of my justification for the $450 or so I'm spending on coop, chickens, etc., is the eggs. Are Orpingtons still a great choice because I'm a novice? I'm giving strong consideration to getting all Golden Sex Link, which also have a good reputation and are known for very high egg production. Any suggestions?