I've never had chickens (or any other poultry) before, and I'm new to this site. My mom told me I can get anything I want with my money, even a horse. I already have two, so I don't think I really need another one. I have two dogs, two cats, and around 20 pet rats as well. I've been saving up my allowances for a few months to buy chicks and ducklings, and I have well over $500 left after I buy around 25 or more chicks. I have been very patient, and it was hard too. I wanted to be sure I had enough money just in case something goes wrong with my pets. My mom said she'd help me out too, so that's a relief. Since I have decided to settle on chickens, what breeds would you recommend for a beginner? Pictures provided would be nice. I really like Silkies, d'Uccles, Cochins, and Sultans.