I am going to be getting 6 chicks this October. They are all different breeds that should be able to stand the winter (the average low during our coldest month is 14 F). They are all supposed to be very friendly. Laying isn't a huge concern for me, but I know that I'm getting a few good layers and a few not so good layers. Anyway, being able to stand the winter and having a friendly personality are my main concerns. The breeds that I am getting are: Black Australorp, Buff Orpington, Dominique, Easter Egger, Salmon Faverolles, and White Cochin. I've already looked at the breeds section in BYC. If you have any experience with these breeds I would appreciate hearing your opinion!