Hey everyone. My name is Eva and I'm a SAHM of three kids. We have seven acres in the country but no "farm animals" so far. I've been thinking of adding chickens to the family for about a year now but it hasn't seemed like the right time until now. We have a 10ft by 12ft overhang on the south side of our garage (trees leave it partially shaded all day) that would make a perfect run area and so once I have that fenced in I'll have to make nesting boxes and roosting areas and we should be set. I was wondering which chickens are the best "starters" I had chickens when I was a kid but that was quite a few years ago and I'd like something that is hardy, a good layer and not agressive so that the kids can help to gather eggs and feed their new pets. I've been leaning toward RIR's and Araucana because they are pretty but that's about all of the knowledge that I have on them other than RIR's are fairly hardy and Araucana lay blue/green eggs. I'd really appreciate some help in making a decision if anyone is willing. Thanks, more questions to follow.