Hi again y'all! I'm still playing with ideas for my future flock. I'm currently intending to get several different breeds with a couple hens each, so I can have a variety of colors to look at. HOWEVER -- Maybe, instead, I will get 8-15 hens of ONE breed -- but in several different color varieties. I've noticed that some breeds -- like Wyandottes -- come in a lot of colors, while others -- like Orpingtons in the US -- don't. I like most things about the Wyandottes, but the rose comb doesn't much appeal to me. I also like the Cochins but not their feathered feet, and I like the Orpingtons but not the restricted color choices (in this country). So, if you were going to pick ONE breed but you wanted a variety of colors, what would you pick? My current list of favorites from surfing the net is as follows, in no particular order: Wyandotte Cochin Orpington Ameraucana/EE Plymouth Rock Sussex Welsummer New Hampshire Red My favorite hen colors are as follows: partridge gold laced silver laced black silver pencilled My general goal is a flock of calm friendly chickens that will lay a reasonable number of eggs and will tolerate a completely enclosed chicken yard with coop in the climate of middle Tennessee. What single breed would maximize my pleasure? Thanks for any input!