So I am VERY excited to finally get my Black Australorp chickie tomorrow! I have been waiting what feels like FOREVER for her. But I have a question for ya'll.... I want to pick up a couple more chickies when I go get her. Can ya'll help me decide?
What I can choose from are:
Feather Legged Bantams (would probably get at least 2 if I chose these)
Black Sex Links
Rhode Island Reds
I got cuckoo marans chicks a few weeks ago--they're kinda blah personality-wise so far. They look pretty much like a barred rock and hatchery-grade stock don't tend to have the nice dark brown eggs.
I have many colors of bantam cochins, mille fleur d'Uccles, and silkies that I picked out of a bantam assortment because they had feathered legs...love them, especially the Cochins.
Just got BSLs a few weeks ago too (they were on clearance for $1!), and so far I am loving them. I just moved them outside to the coop, but while in the brooder they would fly up to the door while I was watching "chick TV" and would step up into my hand when I held it out. A good mix of boldness, curiosity, and people-orientation. And of course, excellent egg-layers!
White Leghorns are supposed to be flighty (but high volume egg layers) and RIRs can be a bit aggressive in a mixed flock, so they never made my want list.