Ok now I know there are individuals and also how you raise you chickens that can impact behavior. But I am hoping to order my first flock of babies in the spring. I am trying to select really friendly, sweet and non aggressive breeds. I do not have to have cuddly breeds but that would be nice. My other goals are brown interesting color layers and the EE layers. I also wanted standard sizes. That being said I would like to know your experiments with your adult birds and how you handled them as chicks lots of handling or not? I am worried about the BO because some of you have mentioned on other posts about them being aloof or not so friendly. I also wonder if the hatchery breeding has anything to do with either docile or aggressive since they might not cull an aggressive roster or hen from their flock? Any ideas here? The breeds I am thinking about follows and I would enjoy hearing your experiences as this will help me reduce my list. BO EE - I know since they are more like mutts this might be more difficult Both GLW and SLW Barnevelder Cuckoo Maran Black Australorp Delaware Speckled Sussex Cochins Branhma So breeds that are sweet and friendly, how your early handling improved or made them less friendly, general handling as adults, maybe the name of the hatchery where you got your chicks. Thanks for your help and experience is much appreciated.