Wow! Thank all of you for the great replies!
so, Buff Orpingtons are out. I don't want broody hens, in fact the opposite would be nice lol. Sounds like RIR's are on the aggressive end of things.
Wyandottes, barred rocks and Australops seem like a good fit ( cold hardy, good layers, not too broody) then right?
Egg color is of no concern keesmom, they'll be going in my frying pan daily :)
Mareks was the vaccination I was talking about yes. It's like $1 a bird at the hatchery I found close by. (purely poultry) They seem to have all the breeds you guys have recommended.
Braxton, thanks for the 1st aid recommendation! A great Idea.
The hatchery sells a minimum of 3, so I figured I'd get 6 total. probably 2 different breeds and hope for the best. the gold laced wyandottes look cool, so probably 3 of them and maybe 3 Australops...still open to suggestions but glad I started this thread. the Buff's/RIR's would have been a big mistake I'm guessing.
I was leaning away from deep liter method too actually. One neighbor (though gave me their blessing) is a bit concerned about an odor issue. I'm outside with my dogs and hour a day minimum, yes, even now!!! lol, so it wouldn't be hard for me to just scoop and compost the waste/pine shavings daily.
Thanks again for the great replies everyone!