I didn't know where else to put this, so I decided to put it here because I want to get baby chicks of the breed I choose. This is my first post on BYC, other than introducing myself, so here goes: I want to start a flock of chickens, but don't know which breed to get. Could someone please help me? Here are the requirements: Needs: to be recognized by the APA, as I want to show it to be either small or medium size to be good in all temperatures to be friendly I really want it to: lay fairly well have some type of pattern I also am pretty interested in colored eggs, but this is not a necessity. And a bantam breed might be okay, but I don't really want to have a bantam flock because they don't lay as well. Does such a bird even exist? I've been researching and haven't run into one yet, so PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!