Hello all, my name is Ariel! I'm completely new to the whole barnyard animal scene really. I grew up next to a farm but my neighbors scared me and so did their animals! Haha since then I've been very timid toward them. Well recently I befriended an old friend of my boyfriend's. They live on a farm scene of course! horses, cows, chickens, goats, sheep, the barnyard usuals!!! Well I got interested in possibly getting a chicken (if I can talk my man into it!!!) and I thought I'd get info and whatnot first. So my main thing is building the coop! We know friends who may have a little extra materials but we are pretty poor so we can't afford much. :/ I'm willing to build up materials though. and I would like to know what they can't eat. Our friends said they eat most of anything such as bread, crackers, beans, the works. Haha but what should I avoid giving them? I'm on a budget so giving them stuff like that (leftovers) would really help! Also, we need good laying hens. That's my main point to him is saving money and also selling eggs! I heard the Buff Orpington is a great laying hen and very calm mannered. Not temperamental. I am still scared of them a bit afterall.. lol so I think that'd be a good starter for us. Should I get one or two? How much do they eat and what? So many questions! Lol sorry for the long first message I'm just overwhelmed. thanks in advance!!!!