so... parents want some chickens in the spring for our little backyard flock. town ordinances put us right on the edge of "being alowed" and we can have up to 10... however because we dont want to push our luck were planning on sticking with 5... mum wants good sized girls that are good layers, were a family of 5 and go through a deacent amount of eggs, we do plan on still buying eggs as we know 5 girls might not give us enough when we go through baking phases...but if we can get typically 5 days a week yr round or more out of each hen that would be awesome... they will have a house and run and be given a little free range time during the day so: heavy duty birds who can handle a ct winter layers, egg color not too much of a concern as long as there good sized eggs. personable. (weve crossed leghorns off the list because of their tendency to be all attitude.) this will be a backyard flock for eggs, not too concerned about meat production relitivly quite, all hens cluck and we wont be getting a roo for that reason but still no hens that will be able to be heard 3 city blocks away. "pretty" again this will be a little backyard flock were looking ideally to get a nice mix... heres some breeds mum likes the rocks, particularly fond of barred/plymouth rocks and columbian rocks Australorps Easter eggers wyandotes (golds and silvers) Sussex red and black stars my thought for a nice looking flock would be 1 barred/plymouth rock, 1 australorp, 1 gold, 1 silver wyandotes, 1 sussex but ive never had chickens before. as much as i think ees are cool the eggs will be cracked and eaten so... were also planning on doing a pair of pilgrim geese, there are NO restrictions on geese in our area (which i find funny and a total lack of thought on plannings part since they have such a problem with chickens...) my sister REALY wants a silkie hen too...but im not too worried about the silkie as that could be easily passed of as some exotic parrot type bird lol. so if you could only have 5 good laying hens in your flock and wanted a nice mix... for a backyard, mostly penned however occasional free range bug eating time, quiet and not good flyers/jumpers wed rather they not wander to far from home by hopping the fence lol) what would YOU choose. were in southeastern CT, coop will be custom designed for the hens with a nice big window for lots of natural light even in the winter and screened so it can be opend during the muggy summer days.