I have been reading BYC forums for a couple of months now. I am going to start raising chickens this spring. I have been reading everyone's comments about various breeds and trying to decide which breeds I want. My requirements are: > I want layers, not meat. > I want large eggs. > I don't want a rooster. > I want a colorful flock. > I would prefer to not have too noisy of a flock. > I would prefer to keep my flock to no more than 12 birds (at least the first year). I am fortunate to live in an area where there are a lot of feed stores. There are at least 5 or 6 within 5 miles of my house. I plan on purchasing my chicks them instead of mail order. I have been talking to several of them and today they finally decided on what breeds they would have available. One of the feeed stores has all of the breeds I want plus many others (I have not seen their final list yet.). They even have a person that specializes in chickens. I am uncertain if it is proper to list a store name here and so I am intentionally omitting their name. They start taking orders (reservations) on Feb 1. I will be waiting at their front door that morning to make sure I am able to reserve my desired chicks before they get sold out (I hear the Welsummers go quickly). The breeds that I am thinking of getting along with the number: > Silver Laced Wyandotte (1 or 2) > Golden Laced Wyandotte (1 or 2) > Araucana (2) (I will confim they are actually Easter Eggers, which is what I want.) > Barred Rock (2) > Black Australop (2) > Welsummer (2) > White Leghorn (1) > Buff Orpington (1) I will probably get just one of each of the Wynadotte's to keep my number to 12. I don't know what the name of the hatchery is that the feed store gets the chicks from. I asked and the person only said that they are coming from Caldwell Idaho. Any comments or thoughts on my breed list? Does anyone see any problems mixing these breeds into one flock? Thanks.