Hi All, Brand new to forum and my first of probably a million questions is about which chickens to choose, go figure I'll be a first time chicken keeper and I'm thinking of 4 to 8 chickens. So there are several breeds I've researched and the problem is there are about 5 I really want. So I'm wanting cold hardy (live in new england), docile, quiet. I've picked Buff Orpington, Black Australorp, Barred Plymouth Rock, Columbian Wyandotte, Easter Egger and possibly Speckled Sussex. Initially I was just going to get 2 Buff Orp, 2 Barred Rock and 2 Black Aust and be done with it but then I couldn't resist the other breeds. Also being a first timer I wanted variety so I could decide which ones I really loved when I wanted to get more. My question is, is it bad to get one of each breed or is it better for the chickens to have a pair? Also does anyone foresee any problems with my plan thus far? Thanks, Now Im probably going to spend my whole day reading posts, lol.