I have had chickens for less than a year and decided, when getting into this, to try one each of several varieties to pick a favorite. So now, almost a year later, I have already added 4 more to my original group and have made some observations (read: picking favorites) on the breeds I selected. I'm just curious what others with Rainbow Flocks have decided about their girls/boys??? The Big Girls, hatched mid-April 2016, ranked in order of would i buy again at the top and probably not at the bottom: Speckled Sussex - personalty-wise, Martha is my favorite of the original 7! She is bold, independent and always wandering off by herself but the first one to come running to me when she spots me in the yard! First one to lay an egg! Buff Orpington - definitely docile and sweet, but always feels entitled to whatever is in my hand without waiting for an offer! Has been laying fairly consistently all fall/winter. Rhode Island Red - I was worried about this one as I had read that they can be really bossy/mean in a mixed flock. Rita is far from bossy or mean! She is actually pretty easy going and would rank in the middle of the pecking order. She has been a reliable layer as well. Gold Laced Wyandotte - Absolutely stunning plumage, but she acts like she knows it! You'd swear there was nobility in her blood and think I was forcing her to interact with peasants. Funny to watch, but I would love it if Eleanor were friendlier, I got my first semi-squat this morning and I'm pretty sure as soon as she realized it was "just" me she corrected herself and stopped! Is just now laying eggs Barred Rock - She is the "substitute" rooster of the group. Prudence is the neighborhood watch lady, police officer, and school principal all rolled into one. Not my fave, but have to appreciate her efforts.Decent layer. Swedish Flower Hen - my mom says that she always looks angry. I think that sums her up nicely and probably doesn't have much do with the fact that my mother divorced my Swedish father? I have no idea if she has laid any eggs yet... Buff Laced Polish - named Lucy, called Poofhead. She was an accident and I'll never get another Polish. She is great fun to watch, and photograph, but I swear she is ringing the hawk's dinner-bell every time she loses the group and runs in circles squawking until she sees them again... Not a single egg yet and bottom of the pecking order due to her sheer ridiculousness. The Littles, hatched 11/29/16: I can't rank these girls yet since they aren't producing eggs, but the personalities are definitely there: Australorp - insanely chill, bottom of the pecking order among the Littles. She is going to be really pretty! Golden Cuckoo Marans - A bit skittish so far, could have to do with the Mean Girls below... Easter Eggers - These two are bullies. Gorgeous "On Wednesdays we wear pink"-type bullies. They better lay beautiful eggs too! ***please know that I completely understand every chicken is unique and I am not presumptuous enough to say all birds from one breed would be exactly like mine.