Here's what breeds I picked based on my desire for a flock of calm, lovely hens to help with yard work, breakfast, entertainment and because I have a love and fascination for birds - all birds. To be able to handle and interact with them and be their protector and friend is a very egg-citing responsibility! Second week in April is ChickTime! I ordered these hen chicks from My Pet Chicken, vaccinated for Mareks. I read it's especially bad in the Pacific Northwest USA where we are, so I just went ahead with that straightaway. 3-Speckled Sussex 3-Silver Laced Wyandotte 3-Easter Egger 2-Australorp 2-Welsummer 3-Golden Laced Wyandotte This will be my first flock of my own, though I've "chicken-sat" for others many times. Now to get busy on the brooder, coop and yard. I live way in the woods with lots of predators, so no free-ranging unless I'm working outside. I'm thinking ahead of myself.....OMG I really really JUST ORDERED CHICKS!!!!!!! Nervous but excited! Now to go fine-tune my coop plan some more.