Hello! I'm brand new to the hobby and I'm in the "research phase" right now... I want do do this whole chicken thing right and know exactly what I'm getting into! :) I would like to get 6 baby chicks and raise them as family pets and egg layers. I have two young children so I want to make sure to pick breeds that are typically sociable and friendly. I think I'd like to get 3 breeds, 2 of each kind, just for some fun and variety. I understand Buff Orpingtons are very friendly and good egg producers, so I think I'll definitely get 2 of those.
What are some other breeds that are good as family pets? Thanks everyone, I'm learning so much from you all already!!!