Hey all! So it's been awhile since I've been on here. The last time was really I think after my last Buff Orpington mix passed away. Just shut down the idea of chickens for a while. Grieved for quite a bit. Now I feel like I still see that last hen out there in her coop sometimes. Miss them so much! So... We're looking to get chickens again! Yay! But... I don't know which breed to choose! Rather than narrow down, I seem to keep going up with ideas! The last ones were given when a friend wanted get rid of some. We're only allowed to keep three here. My gosh right?! But with four dogs (they can free range in the same yard as the dogs like our last chicken had been and basically RAN the yard! lol), one cat, two parakeets and some fish, I'd say that's a good deal there. lol I know of a man in Stanwood, WA that sells chickens and right now he has Barred Rocks and RIR's. I'm thinking next spring will be a better time to buy chickens so that I can take apart the coop, completely clean it out and rebuild bigger and better since last time we were rushed by my friend or she was going to kill them! This time we can do it better! Those are the two breeds I'm leaning toward. But I seem to then research and become interested in EE's and more. So hopefully you guys can help me decide which would be best! Course, we could just mix and match the RIR's and Barred Rocks when we get some so who knows. I'm looking for a winter hardy bird (just in case we have a bad winter, though in WA, we don't usually get too cold, but last yr we'd gotten down to 14*!), excellent egg-layer, and perhaps one which is a little quieter. Although the latter is not a problem. Our Buff mixes went back and forth between quiet and not and none of the neighbors had issues. So could you give me some ideas on those two breeds: what are they like, which would be better? Or throw in your own suggestion?