Hi, yes, I am on Bainbridge Island. Thanks for chiming in. This will be my first go at chicks and they are from Privett Hatchery which supplies all the local feed store chick sources. I am going to get twelve to start things off. 4 of each, Blue, Silver and Golden just for variety and hope that this creates an even and balanced dispositioned flock. My first flock was a mixed breed group and I got them when they were about 3 or 4 months old so that is my only reference from experience. This is going to be a great learning experience I suppose. If it doesn't work out I will rehome them and start over probably with a produce bird like Red/Black Star or RIR perhaps. I just figured that the Wyandottes would be more interesting since they are so beautiful. Since I am raising these from chicks and I am retired, I am home a lot and can give them some individual attention, I am hoping they become friendly and stay docile once pecking order is established. They are not crowded and will be hand fed live meal worms or scratch every day in addition to organic pellet feed as staple. Don't quite know what to expect for egg production since the reviews and experience on different threads at this website are pretty much all over the map. Lots say great dependable layers and continue laying through winter. Others report the opposite, and say they are either mean or flighty and so so layers with poor production in winter. I suppose with substitute lighting they can be forced to lay through the short days, but I am more inclined to not force winter laying as I don't want to burn them out prematurely.
I appreciate any one else who can offer their experience with this breed or anything else. Thanks