Well the holidays are over and I'm thinking SPRING -- we are planning a shed conversion to a nice large coop and expanding our flock of 4 to 8 or 10 chickens! I'd like some advice on what would be the best chickens to introduce to our flock, or what we should steer clear of. Right now we have a RIR, a BR, a BO and a Golden Comet. Our girls are our treasured pets that reward us with a steady supply of eggs...when they stop laying, they will still have their "forever home" with us. We don't sell eggs, just give away when we have an excess. Pretty much what we're looking for is chickens for the sheer fun of it, and the eggs are a happy bonus! My younger daughter wants a Silkie because she thinks they're so cute...I'd love to have a Polish because they make me laugh. My older daughter wants "the kind that look like they're wearing bloomers" and beyond that, I haven't a clue what she's talking about. I'm also interested in Delawares because they are just so beautiful...but then again, they are all so beautiful, who can decide? So I'm asking for help! I've heard a few things that concern me...not sure if fact or fiction. I've heard you shouldn't mix smaller chickens like Silkies with larger hens like we have now. I've also heard that the "odd looking" breeds like the Polish get picked on because they look different, so you shouldn't have just one. I'd also like to know if any breed in particular has the reputation for being especially friendly, or the opposite...especially standoffish! We've been lucky that the chickens we have now are so friendly and have enjoyed them so much more because of it. Let's all hope for a quick end to winter and a warm and beautiful spring!! Any advice will be greatly appreciated!