Hi, there! Am relatively new to the chicken world, and despite all my research, am still in a quandary about which breeds I should acquire. I picked up a couple of free roosters last night - a Silkie and a Showgirl. Even though I've had a bad experience with banties, I adore these breeds because of their funky hairdo's and submissive nature. Moving toward building the hen side of our flock, I'm stuck on which breeds are best...we want a friendly pet who's also a good layer. So far, it seems Ameraucana's, Sussex, and Orpingtons would be the best dual-purpose bird...any thoughts? Suggestions?? Personal experiences?? Thanks so much!! Have emailed a couple of hatcheries with the same questions and not had any responses yet.