Hello everyone, I am brand new to chickens (waiting to start my flock in the Spring). I’ve been researching breeds and trying to decide which would best be suited to my needs and climate. Here is where I would like your input! Below is a bit of infomation about my set up/needs. Set Up: • 6-8 Hens • coop will be 6ftx4ft with nest box on exterior with an attached run 10x6. •will allow free range daily except during blizzard or severe cold. Needs: •Would like dual purpose breeds but will lean toward egg laying if I have to choose •EGGCELLANT layers a plus as I’m keeping only 6-8 hens. •Cold Tolerant (it’s winter here pretty much 9 months of the year with temps reaching a low of -40 degrees Celsius this past week. Summer temps usually only reach 25 degrees Celsius). • I do have small children who will most likely be helping me most of the time so a calmer breed perhaps? These are the breeds I am thinking about(that I know will be at the local Critter Market that happens every spring): •Orpingtons (Buff, Brown & Blue) •Wyandotte’s •Australorpe •Maran (black copper) •Chantecluers •Leghorns • Easter Egger • Rhode Island Reds I plan to keep 6-8 but will most likely be purchasing 10-12 just so I have a buffer in case some of my pullets end up cockerels. I do have farms/friends around me that I can give or sell the remaining chicks I do not plan to keep. Any input is welcome!