Hi! Im new to all of this. I moved from california to ohio this summer and we have a working farm. My in laws used to have checkens but havent in a long time. They like pigs and steer more. My goal is to be ready to have my first small flock (4 and a rooster?) This spring. Ill be getting them from chicks. I already have a coop space in the barn for them now i need to know everything. All winter im sewing (business) and reading up on chickens. I have a two year old that i want to be able to help me. I want layers. I understand that for the first year or so they wont lay (correct me if im wrong). I have been debating having some sand in their coop because i know there are alot of benefits. Please any help or reading material is great.