I've been wanting to get a group of backyard chickens for our, well backyard! I want to start with chics so the kids, family and dogs can get used to them. And yes, our dogs will be kept separate and have access to our fenced yard at different times. I'm looking for about 4 to 5 total # of chickens. I took a look at the online hatcheries stickied post and quickly realized I have no idea what breed I want. The main purpose would be to farm free ranged eggs. But personality and looks don't hurt either. My Dad's neighbor claims his chickens produce low-cholesterol eggs, but after some reading, that seems to be a myth. And now for the super stupid newbie question.... do we need a rooster as well as hens to produce eggs? As a grown adult, that's just an embarrassing question.