Come March I'm moving from sunny Florida to the Albany NY area to manage an 80 acre organic farm. The place has barns, fields, fencing and cross fencing, a pond...everything you would expect a farm to have, (the barns are red) except there are no crops or livestock. I have complete freedom to do with the place as I please with a single rule: No meat animals. The property owner is a veterinarian. I can live with that. Plenty to do besides raising meat, and plenty of meat sources at other farms nearby. I've kept chickens in my backyard for a few years now. Besides the list in the sig line, I've also had buff orpingtons and sex link, all hens. I've got enough experience to be confident with a larger flock. Having a vet on site is a plus. So here's the plan: I intend to find/buy/acquire/get/gather/collect 100 chicks. They will be offered for sale when they arrive, with enough markup that 60-70 sold should pay for the 30-40 I keep around. The farm store will offer a multitude of products including free range organic eggs (when the time is right), feed, and chicken related hardware. Left to my own discretion, I'd go with barred rocks and rhode island reds. Both are outstanding birds for people starting their own backyard flock. If demand is strong, I can always get more chicks and more diversity. Since a fool listens only to his own advice, I come back to the subject of the thread: If you could pick 100 hens, what would you choose? Add a brief explanation if you will.