I'd be grateful for any input -- we are finally pulling the trigger on our chickens this month after a year of wanting - we are finally doing So after spending more hours than I care to admit researching chickens and coops (I swear I'm an addict). I think I've narrowed my choices. We are going to start building the gardencoop this weekend, we went back and forth with an eglu go with a walk-in-run, but knew in my heart we would end up with more than 3 chickens, hence the gardencoop. I think I've narrowed my choices to 4 breeds that I think will be hardy in a Chicago winter and would be docile enough for a 16 and 6 year old to handle and give us some yummy eggs. Those are: Red Star Australop Buff Oprington Plymouth Rock. THEN, there's always a then, right??? My 6 year old and I start looking at pictures of Silkie's and reading about their adorable personalities ....well you know where that leads. It then just so happens we see that the feed store in the area is getting a shipment of Silkie's next week. Do I get 2 Silkie's too??? From what I read you can't get just 1 bantam, you'd need 2 small birds to stick together right? The feed store is not getting any other bantams in this shipment so 2 Silkie's would be it, they are getting leghorns, but not interested in those and wyandottes. Here's the thing the Silkie's will be in next week, so I could get them and get them started in the brooder. The other breeds I have listed above won't be in for another 2 weeks. If we go the Silkie route I would only get 3 of the 4 listed above, I would like to keep our number at 5 for now in the coop. Do I say forget it and just get the 4 sturdy chicks or do I get the adorable fluff balls and get 3 of the others? Here's another question, which of the 4 do we not get if we get the Silkie's? You guys gotta help me here - please!!!! Have a great night! Thanks.