I plan on getting 1-2 dozen baby chicks in the next month are so. I am wanting predominantly laying hens, but I plan to acquire 1-2 roosters. I am buying from my local feed store and I want a variety of breeds, because up until now I've only had Barred Rocks, and 1 production red. They are great chickens but I want to experience some different breeds. I want a rooster because I plan in the future to raise my own babies and I want to pick the right hen to rooster combination to get the best chicks possible in the future. Out of the breeds I have available to me, I would like everyone's opinion on what they like best, which breed is a favorite rooster, and what would be the ideal combination of hens and rooster to get the best future chicks. I right now have the following breeds available to me: Rhode Island Red Barred Plymouth Rock Buff Orpington Black Australorp Black Sex Link Americauna I think in the next few weeks I might also be able to get: White or Brown Leghorn (or both) Some variety of Wyandotte (Silver Laced maybe?) California White Silkies Basically any information or suggestions or experiences of any of these breeds and the crosses of any of these breeds would be appreciated. I am in far Southern Oklahoma and we usually have a few weeks of triple digit temps in the summer.