Hi, I hope this is the right place to ask this: I am trying to decide on the type and breed of chicken. We are in upstate NY, so they need to be cold hardy. I would like to be able to let them range during the day when I'm home, and we want eggs. I have a very large garden(not vegetable), and have the idea that banties would not do damage, and would eat slugs and japanese beetles. I also have cats, that love to hang out and help in the garden, and don't know if banties would be endangered by the cats. Help me make the right choice, please. I am obssessing over this I have always loved banties, but don't want this to become a traumatic situation, and will get a heavy breed if that is the right choice. Additionally, is there anyone from CNY here, that sells chicks or young chickens? Thanks in advance! This is an amazing site!