Okay, we need some advice from you, the professionals with all the experience... We live in Solano County, CA, which is between Sacramento and Oakland. I moved in with my girlfriend in the country and she already had three reddish brown hens of an unknown breed. We had them in a shoddy run that was too easy for predators to defeat, which they did. We still have one sole survivor. We are new to the chicken game, but I have been doing more than my fair share of research over the last three months. I looked on here and found several coops I liked then I built my own, which should comfortably hold about eight birds. I moved the hen into the new coop/run a couple of days ago. I built a homemade feeder and waterer after seeing some good designs on here. We are now ready to place about seven more hens in the coop with our hen. We want only egg laying hens. So far, I am thinking about Orpingtons, Australorps, Plymouth Rocks, Easter Eggers, Wyandottes, Speckled Sussex, and Delawares based on my BackyardChicken.Com research. I am open to all ideas. Please tell me your advice on the breeds we should consider and the number of birds each.