I everyone! I'm new here and new to keeping chickens. I've always wanted them and finally, after 3 years settling into our new house (on 5 acres, though mostly wooded, I'm in Washington) we're ready to start planning for chickens! Because we're taking a long trip in July, the plan is to get the coop set up between now and then, and have chicks delivered in early August. Chicken math has already gotten me, and I haven't even begun yet! I initially just wanted 3-5 chickens, but now I've decided to build big enough to accommodate 8-10 chickens and maybe a couple of ducks I'm on the fence about a coop plan - will post a separate thread for that. But now I'm deciding what chicks to order from MyPetChicken. It's impossible to choose! I definitely want friendly sociable chickens with good dispositions (generally speaking, I do realize that each bird is unique). I have a 7 year old and she's just as involved in the project as I am! My other high priority is a super colorful and diverse range of eggs because they make such a lovely presentation and I anticipate that we'll be giving away lots and lots of eggs, so I want them to look pretty. We'll be keeping chickens primarily for eggs, and secondarily as pets. Not as food. So I've narrowed it down, I think, to the following breeds, but it's still too many! Please help me pare down the list (I was thinking one each of several breeds, then maybe one EE rooster?): White Eggs: White Leghorn Mille Fleur D'Uccle Brown Eggs: Australorp Barred Plymouth Rock Silver Cuckoo Marans Black Copper Marans (if I can get my hands on one) Buff Orpington Buff Brahma Salmon Faverolles (if I can get my hands on one) Blue/Green Eggs: Easter Egger x 2 EE roo Regardless of Eggs (just for fun): Black Silkie White Silkie Buff Silkie So, which of the above should I cut? I'd love some advice! I definitely need to cut out some browns. I would love one each of a light, medium (or speckled) and dark brown layer. And what about the silkies? I'm not sure what color eggs to expect from them - will they be white? Also, I do want one roo and hope to hatch some new babies each year. For the experience, to give away/sell locally and to replenish my flock. I have no objection to eating fertilized eggs. What would be the best roo? I was thinking that with an EE roo, I can hatch more EE chicks, which would be cool, but I have no knowledge about breeding and need to learn more about it. Thanks for the help!