READ THIS STORY PLEASE, so you will understand what is going on here: Okay, so my grandmother is going to pass on very soon (very sad time for all of us, my uncle will be the only one left directly related to her ) and she owned around 120-150+ acres (somewhere in the middle, could be more) up in northwest Missouri that was passed down from her family that were all lawyers. She wants us to split the land between my mother and her only living son, who wants to sell his portion. We want to keep ours and start a little farm and get away from everything while my mom does her new stay at home job (she owns a small identity theft recovery program, just runs it from the house). Anyways, Grandma wants us to do all that we can to it when we have it. She was leasing all of the 120+ acres for a farmer a couple years only for around $10k, and it is near a little unnamed river too! So it is extremely fertile for farming or grazing. I've seen it for myself- it is beautiful in the spring. So she wants it to be used for all of its worth. By us. Now, before you go off saying stuff like, "You sound too young, you sound like you have never had chickens before!" The response to that is: NEITHER. I have had chickens before, just your plain old sex links and reds, and I am also old enough to understand how funds work. I am a year from graduating high school and one of the best things I can do are keep track of funds and spending (been doing it most of my life) and I am always willing to learn more if I can get the chance. And if I can beat my mom to the land (assuming she decides to sell it) then I WILL. I'm not being mean here, this is my dream that shows up on a silver platter (along with my grandmother's wishes) and I am NOT going to walk away from it. The actual questions, now that you've heard the story: What breeds to raise? I want some things that are easy to handle and lay often (one or two breeds are fine. Don't need too much of the same thing) I want some things that are exotic and fun to watch (lots of options here, I know...) I also don't want sick or deformed birds from hatcheries, though Cackle hatchery is tempting because it is close by. So, any suggestions?