My wife still won't let me have chickens, but I want them BAD! I love researching the different breeds and imagining how much fun it will be to watch my very own chasing crickets it the yard. But I had a thought just recently... Is there a breed that doesn't crow? Maybe a mute chicken? I thought to myself with the popularity of the backyard flock on the rise, a mute chicken would be perfect.. We would no longer need to worry about the neighbors, and noise ordinances. Then I took off from there, what else would the perfect urban backyard chicken be like..? >Calm, easily handled. The small backyard flocks we all love so much should have this pet quality. >Fast maturing. My research leads me to believe that patience (waiting for first eggs) and the extra effort involved in the brooder stage of a chicks life is the hardest for inexperienced chicken owners >Doesn't scratch much. I've read in the behavior columns of some breeds that they don't scratch as much, this would be handy to save our flower beds and lawns. >Easy on the feed bill. Even though everyone likes to spoil their pets this would be a nice quality for the backyard farmer keeping a couple of chooks just to "go green" >quiet. duh I obviously have no clue, other than what I read, however I would like to see how an Australorp/Dorking behaves. Any thoughts on this? What's your perfect backyard breed?