Hey, I'm new to chicken keeping, but I have done some extensive research. However research just isn't as great as experience. I have two barred cochin bantams given to me by my sister who bought them at a county fair because they were cute. They weren't allowed to keep the roo and do they gave us the both of them. My husband built a coop at his family business since we can't have them at our house either (residents/ unlawful...unfair) Our hen is a lousy egg layer and hasn't laid one since September 12 this year. They are so friendly though. The roo more so. He'll eat from your hand. I always wanted chickens and next spring I will see about mixing some standard barred Plymouth. At least two hens. 4 at the max. I can't wait!