I have 2, 10 week old RIR's. My first chickens as well as my very first chicken experience at all. I have absolutely fallen in love with them! They are so much fun! I don't have room for a lot of chickens but I think I could handle 1 or 2 more. Of course I'm waiting to find out what sex I have so I'm not getting anything yet but I'm planning ahead. My first priority is disposition. I need nice chickens because my kids like to play with Snowball and Chirp (the kids named them). They will never be eaten so I'm not interested in meat birds. My son loves eggs so BIG STRONG eggs are somewhat important. My daughter loves "pretty" eggs so coloring might be a thought. SO, do I stick with RIR's, or do I venture out and get something else? Do different breeds work better with RIR's? I love the dark red color of the RIR's but I also like the really light colored birds as well. What say you? If it matters, they stay in the coop at night but I do let them roam around the backyard sometimes during the day so a bird that likes to fly a lot is out. I have a friend with a couple of dozen various breeds that says the bigger the breed, the less they fly since it's harder for a 757 to take off than a sesna.