Hi, I am asked all the time "what is the best breed of chicken for a beginner" or "what breed is my faverite". Whenever I am faced with this question I tell the person that it depends on what he wants the bird for and I have to tell him that I am not the person to ask because I have only owned 3-5 diffrent breeds of chickens in my several years. anyway, Im asking this for all the newbies out there What chicken breed(s) do you recommend? I personally prefure Rocks, Orpingtons, and Astrolorps. because I like duel purpose breeds (meat, eggs, & pets ) and I like a chicken that is fluffy with good personalitys pretty colors, a bird that I can pet or that will sit on my arm. They dont get too heavy but they are not light & fragle (like a banti). They CAN fly but they chuse not to (or if they do they stay near home).