... I *will* be picking out three replacement chicks in August Well, or kind of since it's only because we lost the favorite and that she was one of my younger girls. So now I'm down to two younger hens, and 5 hens who will be in their third season. So I've got to get some young blood in. Anyway, I'm thinking this year to get something "sensible" (aka, a heavy producer) to get my numbers up a little and then something fun and colorful, but not horribly deficient in the numbers area. I want help narrowing the field! I plan to get three chicks, of three different kinds. Oh, and I order from Meyer, since they're close, and since my experience has been good so far. Here's what I already have: 2 silver laced Wyandotte 2 gold laced Wyandotte (these are the "young ladies", in their first laying season) 2 Welsummers 1 Java And I had a Buff Orp, but because she was special, I'm not ready for another just yet. As you can tell, I'm a Wyandotte fan. What I'm looking at for production are: Australorp* Golden Buff/Cinnamon Queen/Gold sex-link, whatever you care to call them* Exchequer Leghorn What I'm looking for for "fun" and color are: Barred Rock Columbian Wyandotte* Speckled Sussex Delaware Salmon Faverolle White Rock I've starred the three that I'm currently leaning toward. But I want to hear all and any arguments for other assortments! The reason I've not included EEs in the list is because I know that getting only one is rather like buying a single lottery ticket -- the odds are well against you.