Hello - my name is Natalie and I am not only a new BYC member but new to chickens altogether. We just purchased a piece of property that came with what appears to be a nice coop (I know nothing of what makes a coop nice/good...yet!). We do not have chickens yet but plan on getting some as soon as I learn what I need to do to ensure the coop is ready and I have a good understanding on how to care for new chicks. I welcome any advice! I have been researching a bit about different breeds. I would love to have a good variety. I am leaning toward Orpington, Brahma, Plymouth Rock, and/or Sussex to start as they appear to be good layers with good temperment. Once I get used to having chickens, I'd like to expand to even more breeds. I am a sales manager for an animal health company. It is just me and my husband. I travel about 30% of the time so my husband will be joining me in the care of the chickens. Right now he is just entertaining me but I am confident he will fall in love. This gentleman's farm we just purchased came with 2 miniature donkeys and a raised garden already in place. It is the perfect property to come home to and let the stress of the job and travel melt away. It is just what I wanted - mini donkey's, chickens and a garden! We actually heard about BYC from the owner of a shaved iced shop. She and I were talking about our new property and my desire to raise chickens. She shared she not only has chickens but manages the BYC Facebook page for the Williamson County, Tx. I am very much looking forward to exploring the site, learning from the articles and forums, and reading stories/seeing pic of everyone else's chicken adventure!