Number one: Buff Orpington. I like Buff Orpingtons because they are so docile. They make great beginners birds because they are so tame and even allow you to take them in the house. Number two: Brahma. Brahmas are good pets and reliable egg layers. I would recommend them to someone who has had lots of experience with chicken keeping because they go broody often. Number three : Ameracana. Although they can be sweet and lay green,blue,yellow,and pink eggs they have a crazy side and are not good for beginners. Number four: Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Rocks are good layers and are very calm and docile. Number five: Comet. I recommend Comets because they are calm,but can become dominant. Number Six : Rhode Island Red. They are Feisty and Confident,but Loving and Docile at the same time.