Just a quick intro! My name is Melissa, and I am a 34 year old married mother to two girls. I primarily work as an emergency nurse. My spouse and I bought 25 acres and a home this past fall. Approx 5 acres is cleared around the house, and the rest is woods, ponds, etc. We are looking to start with chickens this spring, and we're very excited. I'm currently stuck between the following breeds: swedish hen, bielefelder and silver barnevelder. I'd actually like some of each, lol. The bielefelder is appealing due to the auto-sexing, and I'm nervous to get stuck with whole group of roosters. We'd primarly like to raise for eggs at this point in time. Anyone have any direct suggestions on which would be best to start with? And how many is a good size for a group? I have a breeder already, so I can pretty much order whatever I decide. My spouse is building my coop now through spring, and I've been busy going through all the pictures/designs/etc. found on the site. So many details to decide! Nice to meet you all! I look forward to learning as much as I can.