I have been trying to decide what types of chickens to get next Spring for MONTHS!! It has been so hard because there are so many great breeds out there!! I have finally narrowed it down to these breeds: Black Sumatras (Light Brown) Dutch Bantams (Dark) Brahma Bantams (Black Breasted Red) Old English Game Bantams (Quail Belgian) d Anvers Unfortuntely, I can only have 3 breeds (because I want about 4-5 of each to assure they make it to adulthood, therefore I can only have 3 breeds because that is all I can house). So far these are my pros and cons: Black Sumatras: PROS - Beautiful, large, flighty (I know right, who thought that would be good!) CONS - Shy, not a bird for petting Dutch Bantams: PROS - BEAUTIFUL!! friendly, good gardeners (from what I hear) CONS - NOT cold hardy! Brahma Bantams: PROS - Cute fluffy birds, cold hardy CONS - Feathered feet would get dirty easily, may get too hot during summer Old English Game Bantams: PROS - Colorwise; MY FAVORITE BIRD EVER!!! protective, cold hardy CONS - aggressive at times d Anver: PROS - Flighty, friendly, cold hardy CONS - There are only two color varieties offered to me and I don't really like either too well (not to be rude!) Any advice on the three you picked and why you picked them would be great thank you!!!!! By the way, I live in Iowa, up to 100 degrees in summer -20 degrees or less in winter.