Hi. I'm planning on getting chickens in a couple months, as soon as I get the coop situation sorted out and have the supplies I need. For my chicken flock I want six and they all have to be hens. I intended to have two RIRs, two Australorps, and two others I haven't decided. I have heard a lot of good things about the Australorps, so those are definitely keepers. I've gotten mixed signals about the RIR's. Here is what I'm looking for in a chicken breed: 1. Very friendly! I know there's a risk we might get an aloof chicken, but I'd prefer a breed that is known for being friendly. 2. Good layers! Half the reason I want chickens is for the eggs, one of the few things I'm doing to be self sufficient. No meat birds, I'm not interested in having meat from them. Well, okay, I was, but my family has already stated they won't eat meat from birds that were raised in our backyard. I think they're being silly (especially since food is so expensive now and we're not rich), but I respect their opinion. Also, I wouldn't have anywhere to put the remains and it would attract flies. So no meat birds. We are definitely going to have at least two Australorps, but the breed of the other four birds hasn't really been decided yet. I'm all ears!