Hi all! Recently me and my family decided to start a small chicken farm. Both my parents used to own chickens when they were young and my grandad used to breed with them. So most of the basics my parents know already, but that didnt stop me and I have been going crazy trying to learn everything there is to learn... (did not know it was that much!) Chickens are surpisingly complicated . I live in south africa and I am EXTREMELY excited about this! I love cows... so it was inevitable that I would fall in love with chickens ^_^ But to get to my problem, we are going to order three breeds, but we are a little stumped as to what breeds to get. The coups are built, it's sheltered, the chicks will only be here in three weeks, which gives us enough to learn everything (if there is more) and to get prepared and all that jazz. They will be one month old. I wasn't a big fan on getting day old chicks they are being posted (the only place we can buy them from a reputable breeder is Jo-burg >_<) so the chances for survival would have been slim and we wanted to be as prepared as possible for thie arival in any case. And I would not have been able to handle dead little chicks But our only dilemma is this; What breeds should we get? Here are the chickens available. Red/White Rhode Island. Sussex (not availible yet) Black Australorp Buff Orpington Wyandotte Golden Laced Koekoek (an indigounous breed to SA) I have read up about them. We aim to breed and sell chicks eventually, but the information I'm getting is a little iffy. Some people say orpington is not very fertile, others say they are, or that Rhode Islands are very aggressive and not really meant for beginners, but another site told me they're great. I've heard that Wyandotte's are very friendly and socail and then I read no, they're very anti social and a bit peckish. I'm stumped >_< I would just like to know which three breeds would be a good start for us? Like I said my parents both have good experience with chickens and I'm learning all I can from them. The only one we're set on is the Koekoek, but it's becuase my grandad bred with them and we know their character pretty well Sorry for throwing this at you guys, but I really want to get this right and it's always better to ask for advice from people who know in my experience. Thanks for reading!