I'll be buying my laying hens soon(so excited!!), and would like to get a couple of chickens that are docile and like being messed with, along with the layers. If the chickens I get are up to snuff, I would like to eventually take them places, such as nursing homes, and let the be a "chicken ambassador" of sorts. A chicken that would catch people's eye, and start the conversation of chickens and hopefully educate people more about keeping backyard chickens.
It's not necessary that they be good layers, I'll be buying barred rocks and a couple other breeds as layers.
I was thinking about trying some silkies, as I've heard they are docile. However, I've also heard that they can be high maintenance compared to other chickens because they lack shafted feathers. I've also heard they have a tendency to go broody, which I think would be an issue. Is it possible to break a broody hen? I've had one flock of chickens before, but got lucky and never had one get overly broody.
I hope that made sense, in my head I know what I'm looking for but I'm not sure how well it translated into writing. I've noticed a lot of stigmatism around chickens, and would like to change that by educating the public about the joys of chickens.
Thanks in advance!