So here's the deal - I am getting BBS JG hatching eggs this spring so they are going to be my main focus this year. My laying flocks I currently have will be butchered this fall since they are slowing down (yes, I know I'm mean but I like soup). I need to replace them but I only plan on getting about 30 hens this time. These will be ordered from Ideal - and before you tell me I should get them from a breeder please read the entire thread. What I need to know is which breeds from the list below would you guys recommend or not recommend? I will for sure be getting 5-6 sex-links, the rest need to lay fairly well, look interesting, and be worth my time butchering need be - basically I want a little variety. Below are breeds I have never had before that I think look interesting. Partridge chantecler, buff or dark brown leghorns, barred plymouth rock, welsummer, buckeye, blr and dark cornish, delaware, dorking, salmon faverolle, sussex, langshans, orloff, and polish. I plan on establishing my flock of JG for now. In few years I would like to get some BCM and some Ameraucanas - but one thing at a time. I am also working on my own meat bird project that is going really well so I don't have enough time be breeding and keeping records of anymore birds. Hope that makes sense. Thank you! I forgot to add that I live in Minnesota and do not heat my coops.