Hello, My name is Lisa, and my family and I live on 10 acres in the Snoqualmie Valley in Western Washington State. I am just getting started on the research end of things and would appreciate being pointed in any useful direction. We would like to try keeping chickens strictly for egg laying. We have a few wildlife challenges - coyotes in abundance (always on the property), bears periodically (we had leased land to a beekeeper whose bee hives were wiped out by a bear), and the odd cougar now and then (never sighted on our property, but definite sightings nearby.) Our winters are very wet - mostly rain, but periodic snow storms...very unpredictable - and though moderate by North Dakota standards, can get pretty cold by any "normal" measure. Summers are generally mild with periodic, but thankfully brief heat waves in the high 90's/low 100's. I'm specifically seeking: 1) Suggestions for good egg-laying breeds that thrive in our area, are easy to handle, and hardy. 2) I get the essential components of a coop, but would appreciate pointers on "coyote/bear/cougar proofing" tips and tricks. Thanks and looking forward to an eggs-ellent eggs-perience on the forum!