Hi I am trying to choose the perfect combination of birds for a new flock in NYS ( cold winters (-10 easy) hot summers but usually not into the 100s) we have guineas and will have more come spring (cross fingers) we have acreage and back up to state land and to the side the back of a large private farm. All our neighbors have chickens all over and hopefully our little flock will grow this next spring. I'm compiling a list of birds that I think will work well for us, aiming for different looking birds as we have children and want it to be very interesting and to teach about different breeds. We will have laying Amerucanas by march and will hopefully get the rest of the chicks to raise so that we have more by the next spring. This is my pullet list so far : Plymouth /barred rock Dominicos Black australorp Orpington (light colored) Sussex !! welsumer Wyandotte My questions are 1. What do you all say about one of each of the brownish egg layers I listed above? 2. if I get one each and a couple more guineas that brings us to 18 birds. How much space indoor? and how much outdoor is appropriate for 18 or slightly less? as it will depend on my ability to actually get exactly what I want lol 3. How similar do the black and white birds look? Its so hard to tell looking at separate pictures anyone have any pics of some of these breeds and even better any of them together so I can see how they match up? 4. Am I correct that they are all cold hearty, relatively good company and no high maintenance ones? 5. Am I missing a good breed that meets what I'm thinking? There are golden seabrights I think I love & I see around them here sometimes but I'm not sure about them Because someone told me they are not calm enough to keep contained but I see other places they are... Should they be in the list? So basically- suggestions? 6. Recommendations for hatcherys? Thanks so much!!!