Hello! I decided to join BYC since I have been on this site at least 3x a week researching, reading, and preparing myself to become a first time chicken owner! As you can see from the subject title, I am hoping to raise 3-4 bantam chickens in my backyard in the suburbs. My current bantam breeds I have my eye on are a Partridge Silkie Bantam, a Buff Brahma Bantam, an Easter Egger, and a Barred Plymouth Rock Bantam. Do you suppose one of each type will get along okay? I haven't read anyone suggesting otherwise, except a few mentions of the Silkie possibly being picked on a bit. I resisted my impulse to immediately buy chickens this last spring and gave myself a year to research and prepare. Did you know that the city of Cincinnati (where I reside) allows you to keep up to 7 hens? Thanks to a great program at a Hamilton County Park, I was finally able to get a definite answer to this! I have a coop picked out: http://snaplockchickencoops.com/big-coop.html because being able to easily hose down the coop and the stability of plastic is just what I needed. I read a couple people mentioning their hens sleeping in the dropping trays and adding some wiring to prevent that. I may be artistic, but a woodworker and carpenter I am not. This coop seems worth it! My current research is going into where to acquire the baby chickies. I have two hatcheries within an hour drive, but unsure if I can buy bantams from them. I might go with My Pet Chicken or Meyer Hatchery, but ordering baby chicks through the mail makes me nervous! Anyway, that's my long, drawn out intro. Congrats to those of you who read this far! I hope to keep learning about these wonderful, feathered friends!