Hello everyone! I'm so thankful that I found this site. We have been contemplating raising a few pet chickens for quite sometime now. This site might have pushed us over the edge! We are very excited to be welcoming our first babies sometime in the near future. We have a pretty nice space worked out. The girls will be able to come out in the yard with us while we are around, but be plenty safe in their area when we are not. Now I just have to figure out which kind of girls would be best for us! We have kids, and we'd like to have some eggs. No roosters though, we have neighbors. So maybe something that isn't completely flighty/skittish. I was thinking of the Australorp, Orpington, or EE. Someone else suggested RIR. Would you please weigh in on the subject? Also, I was thinking that about 5 would be a good number ~ though we actually have the space for more. I have only found one site that would actually allow me to even come close to placing such a small order. Any suggestions here? Anyway, I will be anxiously awaiting your insight!