My first-grader and I have been so excited about our first chickens, and we carefully picked out and ordered bantams which we thought had both good dispositions and layed a decent number of eggs. We settled on White Wyandottes, Buff Brahmas, and EEs (all bantams). We were all excited that they're shipping today, and then Meyer just called me and said they had bad hatches on BOTH the Brahmas and the Wyandottes! I was under the gun to pick something else right then if I wanted them to still ship today (long story, but I had to have them go out this week). SO, now our little backyard bantam flock will have Barred Rocks and Mille Fleurs intead (plus some EEs and a silkie or two). Are either of these decent layers? I was thinking the BRs probably are, but I know nothing about Mille Fleurs except that they're pretty.... I guess I counted (on) my chickens before they hatched, but I'm pretty disappointed. At least my little girl is more philosophical about it. On top of it Meyer called just moments after I'd had to cull my first chick (http://www.alysion.org/euthanasia/). Bad day.