I've wanted a small backyard flock for a long time now. I did an insane amount of research and we recently acquired a dozen chicks, 10 a couple of weeks ago, 2 last night. I wanted friendly, calm and gentle breeds that were winter hardy, heavy layers and were darker in color to help protect them from predation (we live out in the country and I plan to free range them). The coop we're building is 6x8 so I didn't want to order a large number from a hatchery. We ended up with: 4 Welsummers (straight run - I suspect 2 roo and 2 pullets based on head markings, eyeliner and feathering) 4 Easter Eggers (straight run - I suspect 1 roo and 3 pullets based on feathering and straight up ATTITUDE!) 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes (straight run - I suspect 1 and 1 based on combs and feathering) 2 Speckled Sussex (pullets) Right now they're all 3-4 weeks old, have wiggled their way into my heart and have absolutely destroyed my basement bathroom lol I'm looking to learn all I can here, as well as network with people who are as crazy about their birds as I have already become!!!