I am brand new to this forum & my first chicken expierience. I thought I would get some chickens for fresh eggs, but I am finding out there is a whole lot to know about this endevour. So I have ordered my coop 80"x32"x48". I only plan to get a few pullets to start & see how things go. I live in No. California & am looking for a good breeder. I'm thinking of a Brahma, a Easter egger, & a Holland, Wyandotte, or Dorking. Sounds like Pine shavings are better than straw for bedding. Will go to the local feed store for food. Any other suggestions will be greatly appreciated.