So I am seeking some advice. I have raised a small flock of birds (several breeds) for about a year. After a year of feather plucking, fighting, a few bad egg-producers, and some joys I am thinking about changing up my little flock a bit. Right now I have 4 golden sex links, 4 black sex links, 1 auracana, and two california leghorns. I don't care for the auracana (she is not a good egg producer), the leghorns I don't mind except they are constantly getting their tails ripped out by the other chickens, the goldens are good producers but not terribly friendly, and the blacks... well I actually like the blacks... solid producers and pretty friendly, a bit too aggressive than my ideal bird but I love their personalities. So I am pretty well thinking at this point I want to change over to a primarily buckeye based flock and cull most of the other birds (or give them to several fellow urban chicken farmers who might want them. I want to get a flock the works well together, has minimal fighting, and that has a good demeanor towards humans (especially my four year old son and wife who is convinced they will peck her feet, even though they never have). I also want some birds that are attractive to have around. No reasoning for that, I just like my birds. I live in Western Washington, very near the coast. It is not terribly hot in the summer (high 90's for like 4 days maybe), very near or below freezing most of the winter, and almost always VERY wet. My coop is about 4 x 7 x 6 feet, with a 2.5 foot "basement" where the birds can get good shade. The run (which is enclosed top, bottom, and sides) is 30 x 10 x 10 feet high. There are several artificial trees (pvc trees wrapped in astroturf) for them to sit on, hop around, whatever (and they love them). Oh, and four nesting boxes. The entire run is about 50% shaded by tall trees on the north side. I just wanted to explain my setup so nobody asked. I am looking for primarily egg laying birds but I do periodically cull some for meat. But again, primary function is eggs. I do intend on getting quite a few more than I did last year so I can cull about 20 10 weeks in (I have a separate area for birds I intend on processing). Oh, and I do occasionally let them roam the yard, but only under supervision. I don't trust those wily neighborhood dogs. So 1) What are your thoughts on buckeyes? 2) What other breeds would you think are good and why? Please include (if you are able) name of breed, personal experience (especially temperament), egg frequency and qualities, and why they would make a good backyard bird. Try to keep in mind I live three blocks from downtown, on a major road. I do have three city lots, and it is fully fenced 6' high, but I still need to avoid excessively loud birds. I will likely cull my entire current flock, possibly keeping the black cross links. I would also like to find a breed with possibly a less "obnoxious" rooster, I like the idea of hatching a few out once or twice a year to raise some meat birds, but being in the city I can't have a loud bird. My Auracana rooster had to be culled because he wouldn't stop crowing at 2 am until noon and my wife was ready to make me sleep in the coop with the birds. On an interesting note I have heard that buckeye rooster make a unique "dinosaur like roar" but I can not find a recording of it anywhere. Has anybody ever heard this? Just curious.