So I've been snooping around the website for several weeks now and decided it was time I created my own account and started asking questions. I've been doing a lot of research online and am getting conflicting information so I figured this would be the best place to start looking for definitive answers from the pros. This year I am starting a new endeavor of raising a few chickens in my back yard, mostly for fun, with the added benefit of getting some eggs now and again. I am absolutely NOT looking to raise chickens to eat. These are going to be pets for me. I've always loved chickens personalities and have wanted a small flock of my own for as long as I can remember. I've come the conclusion that 2016 is the year I'm going to make it happen!
Here is what I am still wondering:
-Since I am primarily having these birds as "friends", my best pick for breeds are either going to be Buff Orpingtons or Silkie Bantams. Are there other breeds I should consider besides these two?
-Beings I live in an urban setting my flock can be no larger than 4 birds and all have to be hens. Can I have two of each breed in my flock and still maintain a harmonious coop? I.e.- 2 silkie hens and 2 buff orpington hens? Is this a good idea? If no, what are the consequences?
-Where can I find breeders in my area that will only sell me a couple chicks? I live in Wichita, KS but am more than willing to drive up to 200 miles to pick up my babies. Every hatchery I have called will only sell a minimum of 10-25 chicks. Also, TSC and other COOPs have said they don't carry those two breeds, that they primarily sell the breeds that are egg layers and friers. I have yet to find a breeder listing anywhere on the internet.
Thanks for having this site available to us newbies and thanks in advance to anyone that can help me with these questions.
Jason in Wichita