I would like to start a small flock of 3 hens. My goal is to have back yard pets, we don't eat a lot of chicken eggs (shame on me for loving egg beaters!) I like bantams and was originally thinking that Silkies would be perfect. But then I realized that in getting a small number of chicks I will likely end up having to rehome cockerels (which isn't easy in my area) and if 2 out of 3 are cockerels I'll have to do it all again until I get my 3 hens! On the flipside, I could buy 3 older hens but they may not be friendly toward my family or used to the setup that I have. I have a basic brooder setup and it seems from reading online that it is better for a newbie to start with young chicks. Should I just abandon the Silkie idea and go with sexed Buff Orpington chicks or another popular newbie breed? I want something quiet and docile. Any advice would be helpful!