I sold my chickens . I've been having a major preditor problem, so reluctantly desided to sell out until I can build a more secure coop and pen. Then I'd like to start building a new flock. I know I won't be able to last long (who knew chickens could be so enjoyable), and want to start thinking about what breed I'd like to get. What I had and was so proud of was blue/black/splash orpingtons, and a pair of black/splash Ameraucanas! Both these breeds are on my list for when I rebuild, but I spent alot of time and money getting just the right birds, and am still feeling down about having to give them up so I'd like to consider other breeds as well. So I'm looking for suggestions! I really like larger breeds, I loved the looks of the Orpingtons! I was also considering jersey giants, can anyone tell me about them? I was thinking of going w/ the blue variety (can ya tell I like the blue birds?). Any other breed suggestions? And what can you tell me about them, what you like, don't like? Good layers, etc.