Okay, got the coop all planned, the brooder too. I originally thought I would go with brahmas cuz I think they are beautiful. Now I'm not so sure. Has anyone purchased a 'variety pack' (such as the ones offered by Meyers)? My flock will have to be limited in size and so I want to be totally sure I'll be happy with my choice. All I really care about is that they are a hardy breed and that I stand a good chance of taming them to be pets. The egg production is secondary. Also, I'm trying to talk myself out of a roo and I've almost done it. I really don't want my chickens to brood. Thanks for any imput.