Wow, Millsy, how exciting for you! I became addicted to chickens recently myself, only a couple of years ago. I had 3 bantams, a Leghorn, a Black Cochin and a Langshan; sadly my Leghorn recently passed away from internal laying. My Black Cochin, however, has 5 x 4 week old baby Silkies; she went broody and we bought her some fertile eggs; our first successful hatch and 5 from 5! So I have two adults and 5 babies. I note you say you are buying your first chook (singular). As I mentioned, I am far from an expert, but I have read and experienced that one girl by herself is not a good idea unless you are lucky enough to get one with the right personality; the majority of girls like company so I personally would start with 2. Also, chicken-math invariably means you will not be able to stop at 1 lol You will probably gets lots of differing advice and I recommend some research but a couple of things I have learnt in my limited experience: * The feathered leg varieties are more likely to be less destructive in the garden. I have definitely experienced this as the Black Cochin has heavily feathered legs, the Langshan's are partially feathered and the Leghorn had no feathers on her legs. In order of destructiveness, the Black Cochin pretty much leaves no damage, the Langshan can be a little more destructive and the Leghorn was my little wrecking ball! * Bantams eggs are smaller but no less tastier. They tend not to lay every day and mine will lay maybe two days in a row and then have a day off or every second day with two days thrown in for good measure; still plenty for my needs and for me the eggs are just a bonus as my girls are my pets. So I guess it depends why you want chickens. If you are looking for lots of eggs, I would steer clear of fancy bantam types. * Some of the fancier types also tend to go broody which means that you will have weeks without eggs and will need to break them of the broodiness or do what I did and give her what she wanted I think the 'more common' varieties (for want of a better description) are less likely to go broody but if they are frequent layers can sometimes have issues with internal laying and reproductive organ issues (hence my Leghorn). * While you can clips their wings, I believe the fancier varieties (Cochins, Silkies etc) do not fly as well as others and are less likely to roam too far. * The fancier varieties can also be late layers, meaning they do not start laying as young as others and they can sometimes be 7 months or so old before you see your first egg. * As mentioned, my limited experience with Silkies is a whole 4 weeks but I have been told and read that they are difficult to sex and I may not know if I have boys or girls until they either crow or lay an egg! Lots more time for me to get even more attached to them but also a lot harder when I have to give away any boys :-( I am guessing you have organised somewhere for it/them to live and of course, the size of their abode is going to be a factor in what and how many you get. I could go on for hours, but won't lol. I confess to seeing my little Black Cochin at the produce store, saying "isn't she cute" and the rest is history! lol I wish you luck and lots of happiness with your final choice and look forward to the pictures!