I live in Maryland and DH and I have decided venture into raising chickens for eggs this year. I was wondering what kinds of chickens do well in Maryland. Winters get pretty cold here so we do plan on having electric ran to the coop for heating purposes. I just don't want a chickens that are so fragile we have to constantly run a heater for unless its really, really cold. I've done some research from books and it seems like Cochins are good breeds...hearty, relatively friendly, not too broody. We have 2 kids so that was the type of traits I was looking for. Me being a girl and liking variety am not set on just owning one breed, I'm hoping for one or two of whatever breeds we decide on for varied color and interest. Are there any other breeds that anyone thinks would be a good fit? I've also read good things about SexLinks. I've also read that you should plan for losses with your chicks. We were hoping to have 8 chickens...10 max. Would 10 be the number of chicks we should plan on getting? Hope I posted in the right forum. Thanks for any advice!