I'm planning on starting my own (small) flock of chickens within the next few years, but I figured I'd get started on learning how to take care of the little dears and was looking for some opinions before I take the dive.
I'm looking for a dual purpose bird and I've already decided to go with at least a few Buff Orpington for a few hens and my rooster when I am ready to start breeding my own flock, but I also wanted to add a slash of colour, while making sure not to get something that would either disturb my neighbours, or bully my BO, as I read that they are rather docile and prone to being bullied, which is something that both my boyfriend (who is currently tolerant to the idea of chickens) and I are worried about.
I was thinking about either a Dominique or a Silver-Laced Wyandotte (I like silver :P), though I am open to other suggestions, but they do need to meet requirements, if only for health/safety/sanity reasons.
I live in New Brunswick and while our winters might not be that harsh, there are still periods of time when the snow can fall a few feet within a few days and the wind can get nasty, so I need something cold-hardy (no naked-necks for me, sorry fans!), and my boyfriend and I don't really need a ton of eggs, though we would both appreciate them and a bird who has some meat to him/her.
I want something with a little personality, curious, but not dominate.
Thank you for any help!