chickens for eggs, meat, and feathers goes way, way back, and I won't bore you with a lecture. Needless to say, we're doing something many have done before us. I resisted at first, thinking about the smell, the poo, and the general overall ick that would come along with them. Then I visited a friend and her flock. I was hooked. Hers free range and actually greeted me as I stepped out of the truck. As I watched them crowd around the feed, I thought "I can do this!" Next, I set out learning about breed, because yes, there are many, many breeds of chickens! Not all chickens lay white eggs, the majority lay brown, and then there are those that lay blue ones. I agonized for weeks over what breed I wanted, then I realized I could order multiple breeds at once! Happy thought indeed! I decided to narrow it down to 4 breeds, and 12 chickens to start with. I didn't want to get in over my head! I studied breed charts, the number of eggs each breed is said lay each week, and with all that swimming around in my head, I chose. 4 Buff Orpingtons, 3 Silver-Laced Wyandottes, 3 Barred Rocks, and 2 Easter Eggers, for Maddie and Caris. The Buff's and the Barred Rocks are old breeds that are common in many backyards, and the Wyandottes, while old as well, are simply just gorgeous. Yes, chickens can be gorgeous as well as cute when they are fuzzy.