I don't have any chickens right now, I'm just researching and making plans for keeping chickens in the future. My plans aren't really set in stone, but I'd like to plan as much as I can. I was wondering if you guys could recommend to me some of your favorite chicken breeds that you think I might like keeping, too. My chickens will be kept just as a hobby and not for profit. I'd like to have free range chickens. I'd also like to raise my chickens primarily for meat for my family (not to sell). I'd prefer standard size over bantam chickens. I'd also very much prefer my hens to be able to hatch and raise their own chicks, so I guess the term is that I'd prefer broody hens? I really like brown chickens, preferably with a pattern, first of all for camouflage (because they will be free ranging) but also for aesthetics. I also don't really need a super rare breed of chicken and I'd prefer a breed that I'll have an easy time finding and buying chicks (Maybe even get them locally so I won't need to have them shipped?). A few of the breeds I have been looking into are Speckled Sussex, Dark Brahma, and Partridge Cochin. So far I am favoring the Speckled Sussex. Does anybody have any experience with these breeds that you would like to share with me? Also, if anyone else has any suggestions of other breeds for me to consider, I'd love to hear them!