We are relatively new to chickens and bought a bunch of different breeds to help figure out what we like. Our primary purpose is eggs, but we have bought straight run so far and are eating the roosters. I'd like to start sort of a reference on the personalities of different breeds, as I could have used this when I was deciding... We got two batches of chicks. The older ones are 19 weeks old now, and were purchased from McMurray. My comments will pertain to the pullets unless I state otherwise. They consist of: Buff Orpingtons - Quite friendly from day one. They don't mind being picked up, and seem content to sit in my lap. They are quite happy to eat mealworms from my hand. The roosters (now in the freezer) were not terribly aggressive, either to people or other chickens. We didn't give the roosters much attention (didn't want to like them) but they were relatively easy to catch. Delawares - Also pretty outgoing. My favorite hen is a Delaware. She will often jump on my shoulder when I sit down on a bucket to dole out the mealworms. Very close to the Orps in personality. The roosters are not aggressive with people but were more aggressive than the Orps to other chickens. Easter Eggers - Another friendly breed (hens). Also the only hen laying so far for me is an EE. They were less friendly as babies but have warmed up as they have gotten older. Also like to be fed by hand, often jump on my lap. One is a real loudmouth - as soon as I walk in the stall where their nests are, she stands in front of me and scolds me loudly until the mealworms come out. The roosters were a major pain. People could never get near them but they were very, very aggressive to the other birds. I was not sad to see the roosters go, but I like the hens a lot. Buff Brahmas - Super standoffish as little ones, now more friendly, but not as much as the above breeds. All my hens (4 of them) have a tendency to stand behind me and pull on the hem of my shirt when I feed treats, as if to tell me to turn around and give them some. They got beat up a lot by the other chickens when the cockerels were still with us (lots of bare patches on their backs) but seem to get along fine now that the boys are gone. I did not end up with any males that made it to adulthood so no comments on the roosters. The one male (I think) we had, had some sort of leg deformity and had trouble getting around, so we culled him at about 2 months of age. Of note, one of the hens also has a similar leg deformity which seemed to develop over time (not the messed up legs they get from being on a flat surface as chicks). She is the biggest of the 4 and gets around fine, so we elected to let her be. We are not breeding, so I am not worried about passing it along. Also of note, these hens are all homebodies. They rarely if ever venture outside, although they have access to the outside all day (nests are in a stall with a door leading to a pasture, door is closed at night). Golden Polish - Also quite standoffish. Now that they have big puffy heads, with feathers down in their eyes, they can't see well. So they are easy to catch, but they never seem to relax while held. They go outside but then can't find their way back in, so we have to go pick them up and bring them in at night. When all the other hens come in (they come running inside when I go in to feed mealworm treats), the Polish sit outside yelling (sounds like a distress call) until we go gather them up. We mostly got them for amusement value (the kids thought they were fun to look at). The roosters were not aggressive to us or other chickens. They sure crow a lot though. None of them, male or female, has ever taken a treat from my hand. Batch #2, from Sand Hill Preservation. These guys are still young (8 1/2 weeks) so I will likely amend this later. Rhode Island Reds - PUSHY!!! These guys (both male and female) are all over me when I go to feed them. Friendly and outgoing. I sit down, and within a couple minutes, have 3 or 4 perched on me yelling for mealworms. They have a tendency to peck. Black Jersey Giants - Not sure on genders yet. They are also friendly/outgoing, with less tendency to peck than the RIR. They are huge! One is at least twice the size of several RIR - we call him 'Baby Huey". Do not seem to mind being held. Blue Cochin - Only 2 of these, I think both male. Lovely little puffballs but won't let us get near them. Very shy. Won't take treats. Silver Gray Dorkings - Similar to the Cochins, we cannot get near them. I think we have 2 each male and female. None of them are friendly. Again, won't take treats from me. "Black Crested Blue Polish" - I put the name in quotes because they we actually have a splash with a splash crest, 2 blacks with black crests, and a blue with a blue crest. One of the black ones, a cockerel (I think) is VERY friendly, begging for treats, hopping on my lap or shoulder. The others act just like the Goldens from the other group - don't seem to want anything to do with me. So, that's my crew. Feel free to chime in and let's create a reference for other newbies like me.