So, I thought I wouldn't have chickens for another few years when I'm living on my own, but my mom grew up on a farm and says we can get chickens. I live in Massachusetts, so I definitely need cold-hardy breeds and I have a 10 year old sister so they have to be friendly. My sister is about as sensitive as the average 5 year old. It doesn't matter what color egg or how many they produce, although an assortment of colors would be cool. I know we want some Australorps but I want some variety.