Hi there I'm a newbie to BYC based in Gloucestershire in the UK. I have had a few chooks before, but am hoping to hatch and raise a mixed batch very soon so thought I'd join to benefit from everyone's expertise and support! In the past I've had a lavender pekin (Gretel), a Plymouth Rock/Orpington cross (Henny Penny), a gorgeous but vicious bantam partridge Wyandotte (Mabel), and two bantam Orps - one black (Dixie) and one a strange buff/partridge mix (New Gretel - as named by my 3 year old daughter after the sad loss of Gretel who had been her favourite). This time I'm thinking of some buff Sussex, Welsummers, a pekin or two to keep my children happy, something for blue or green eggs (though I don't like the crest that comes with most of them - sorry!) and maybe another Orp as they're just so lovely! Anybody else got any favourites?