Hello all! I saw a thread similar to this posted by cluckychick a few days ago, but I think this is a different enough question to be best served by its own thread. I have just purchased property -- six acres, which includes a beautiful coop and enclosed chicken yard. I don't know the exact measurements, but it is currently housing around 15-20 healthy chickens, including several roosters. This property is in middle TN. I would like to start a small flock after I move in. I envision 8-15 hens, no roosters. I'd like some eggs, I don't eat meat, I'd like a variety of birds, and I'd like friendly birds. Unfortunately they must remain in their enclosed yard, since I do doberman pinscher rescue and constantly have a large pack of hungry dogs running around. I have been researching breeds, but although I am very familiar with animals (I'm a retired vet) I've never kept chickens of my own. Right now I'm thinking about: 2 or 3 Ameraucanas, 2 or 3 gold-laced Wyandottes, 2 or 3 black Australops, 2 or 3 buff Orpingtons, maybe 2-3 Welsummers, plus maybe 2 or 3 of some commercial brown egg laying type. I plan to get some from the local chicken swap, and order the rest as day-olds so I have a mix of ages. Does this sound like a reasonable mix? Any input would be welcomed. I have at least few months before I will actually be purchasing birds, but I want to figure out what I'm doing before I actually do it!