As this year is my first chicken experience, this last spring I decided to go with some "more common" easily handled breeds - Buff Orps, Silver and Gold Wyandottes and "Araucanas" (EE's). Ordered from Cackle. I had 26 chicks, one had a defect so we culled it, then just kept the one roo and 10 hens. I handled these chicks (except the roo) almost every day. They are not nice chickens, except the one gold laced Wyandotte. We were getting too many eggs (yes, that was a problem for us!) and a mink killed my aunts chickens, so we sold her 4 hens and now just have 3 buffs (the "tamest" ones) - which are still VERY flighty, 1 EE - very flighty and I played with her alot, 1 silver wyandotte that is a spaz, and the gold laced, who is a decent temperment. All of these will go to the poultry auction once the new chicks are getting close to laying age. They have a 8x5 coop and 1 acre fenced pasture to roam. Is it possible to just have bad strains? Everyone says their buffs are so nice and I'll never own another one. I went with Privett as my choices for hatcheries are limited now, and ordered buff and light brahmas, ameraucanas (they make theirs sound pure, but I'm not showing anyway), and decided to try some old english game bantams just cause they are so darn cute! Of course there is 25 chicks total and I'm hoping that by getting them now (winter is coming to Wisconsin and I'll have lots of time to spend with them, versus out in the cold with the donkeys and goats!) and with lots of work I can have tame people loving chickens. Think I have any better shot at it this time? I'm not concerned with lots of eggs, I'm happy getting 2 eggs a day. I like them for entertainment and want them friendly. We'll most likely keep 8-10 hens and 1-2 roos.