I haven't told my DH yet (shhhh he'll kill me!) but I am thinking of adding a couple of new hens to the flock... I love my girls but 11 out of the 16 are mixed breed and I'd really love a few striking purebreds. I already have 5 silkies so no more of those. I found a breeder within driving distance (about 60 miles one-way) who has over 40 breeds so I'm pretty sure to find what I want there... Question is: what do I want?? -needs to be comfortable in COLD temperatures, winters here are 5 months long and quite miserable -i want hens that are sweet, docile, sociable and smart as they need to integrate into my existing flock -hardy, healthy and long-lived -of course good egg layers, the silkies with their teeny tiny eggs are a joke LOL! -the funkier the egg color the better So... what do I want??