Hi, So nice to "meet" you. I'm looking forward to using this group and hopefully adding something to it. My husband and i just retired, and although we've had chickens and done 4-H with our kids in that area, a lot of time has passed. We are getting ready to order again with my grown son, and I'm debating which breed(s) to get. We only want about 6-8 chickens, all told. Our ten acres is sided on two sides with with woods, so bobcats and other things are nearby. I need: *A very cold-hardy breed, *I'm thinking rose combs so the combs don't show frostbite, (it gets down to -35 below 0 here) *a breed that can take care of itself where predators are concerned (at least to some degree); so no completely docile, laid back types, I guess, but I'd like to be able to handle and make friends with them--also I have two small grandkids. *hopefully beautiful and not-your-average-plumage, *I have an interest in keeping old breeds going, though don't have time to get too involved in a breeding program, *have had past success with breeds that roost high to avoid predators *I'd like fairly large eggs (at least medium!) We have: A great chicken house and are fairly experienced. So far, I've come down to Dominiques, Silver Leghorns and Black Langshans. It seems like they would fill the bill. Would these be a good choice? What about Hamburgs or RC Brown Leghorns? Ancona's or Andalusians, Wyandottes? We are ordering from Murray McMurray. I love the way all of the above LOOK. What do you think??? I'd love to hear from those of you who've got plenty of experience. I've raised: Orpingtons, Brahmas, Silver Leghorns, Australorps, 1 R.I.Red, Cornish X, Sp Sussex (1)--got dead right away--predator Hope this doesn't boggle you down with TMI, (too much information). Thanks in advance to those who might dare to advise me on this!