I am still in the planning phase, so I haven't purchased any chickens yet. I am currently getting my materials together for the coop and run, and doing research into breeds and care. There are several free range chicken and duck flocks in our neighborhood, and I'm in a rather rural spot on a nice bit of acreage. I'm currently pretty sold on getting some Dominiques, but I'd like to find a local breeder (if possible). Failing that, I'd really like feedback about reputable and reliable places to get chicks online. I'm figuring that I'll start with a group of 3-5. I haven't decided on the exact number yet. I am also very up in the air about whether to get one rooster for the group, so that they have a protector when they walk around in the yard during the day. The personality of the birds matters more than their egg laying, as they will be beloved pets. I'd love any advice you might have about breeds and reputable breeders/online stores. Thank you!