I have wanted to have chickens for years but my husband has been hard to convince. I finally convince him to buy a few acres in the country so now I am ready to start to raising my own chickens. I want to do it as organic as possible. I especially like brown eggs but I am not sure what breed chicken I would need to get brown eggs. The eggs would be just for me and my family, about 6-8 people, I am not sure how many chickens I would need to provide all that we need. Should I start with chicks or full grown chickens? Are there suggestions on where I can find healthy, organically raised chickens? We have fruits and vegetable gardens as well and I have been told that the chicken poop can be used as a fertilizer, is this true or were they just kidding the new girl? After reading the other postings I feel like I have tapped into a wealth of knowledge and I really appreciate any help you can give me.