well my whole family has decided that our backyard is pretty much going to waste and that we would love to have some chickens ive dont alot of reading and it seems great i just have a couple of questions do all the chicks i order have to be the same breed? or can i mix it up? im looking for a chicken thats cute, lays lots of eggs, is friendly. and one that isnt that loud and one that can deal with the miami heat. and ones that are larger so they wouldnt be bothered by my cats. so please help me with choosing a breed or breeds is mypetchicken.com ok to get chicks? i want all hens because i live in a neighborhood that would appreciate all that noise from a rooster do i use cedar, pine, or paper towels on the bottom of the lil baby chick box? i know i need a light, feeder, waterer, thermometer, box, and chick food. i plan on having a small # of chickens maybe about 3 or 4, and i will have them in a space in my backyard, but which kind or fence should i use, is a tall dog exercise pen ok to keep them in and give them space to walk around? if not, what kind of fence/wire should i use to give them some place to run around. i would give them free run of the backyard but we have a pool and a patio and i guess they would fall in the pool or poop all over the patio area or do you think they would avoid that area?