Our favorite chicken was found dead in the coop while we were on vacation. So sad. We only had 3 chickens. Our 2 remaining chickens are a golden laced wynadotte and a polish tophat. Now we are trying to figure out what to do for additional chickens here. We definitely want to replace our Red Star that died. We are planning on two chicks for sure. For the second chick I am torn between a buff orppington and an americauna. I think the most important factor is that they be friendly. Would you recommend one over the other? We are also considering getting a 4 month old bantam cochin mix (from Carol Henley) to be friends with our polish. Is this reasonable or silly? I am wondering how integration will go with this one.... If we get this chicken we would only get 2 chicks. So we are trying to decide between 2 chicks and the 4 month old or jsut getting 3 chicks. Our Wynadotte used to pick on our Polish but since the red star died they seem to get along fine. I think I may be putting too many human emotions on these chickens. Your thoughts are appreciated. If we get 2 or three chicks when should we try to integrate them into the big coop? We are fortunate to have 2 seperate coops. Our starter coop and the new one we built for leaving them on vacations. They live in the big one but the little one is just sitting in the yard so I know I can start the babies in there if I need to but I am not sure if it is better to leave them apart or just get them in with the other 2. Feel like I am starting to ramble. Really wish our sweet Nutmeg was still with us. Thanks for your help!