I wasn't sure where exactly to put this thread so I decided to try it here. My husband and I retired earlier this year from our professional jobs and took up residence on our 28 acre Amish built farm where we are trying our hand at hobby farming. So far we have an orchard and blackberry arbor and I have decided when the time come the next spring to start a small brook of chickens and make it grow. I have raised chickens before so I'm not a newbie. I'm just having trouble deciding what type of chickens I would like to raise. My thoughts are that the standard breeds are present all around us on the Amish farms. Chickens, ducks, geese and guineas abound no matter where you look. But I don't see any Bantams. I LOVE Bantams. I have fond memories of a Red Cochin rooster I had by the name of Little Red who was just a source of joy and laughter for the many years he was with me. I would love to get a flock of Bantams going, starting with maybe 5 hens and a roo so I am asking for an opinion as to which breed would be best to promote as a back yard chicken-as far as egg production and brooding instinct is concerned. I am aware of the size of a Bantam egg compared to a standard hen's egg. No problem for us as once again, small eggs would work for the two of us. I am also thinking about adding a few Wyandotte chickens to the flock also. I know people who are looking for Wyandottes to use as 4H projects and would like to promote the breed in our area and hopefully get a line of birds started that I could promote as 4H projects. Are Wyandotte's a good choice? Would they get along with Bantams in a large run area? This flock would hopefully be a source of eggs for my husband and myself, natural insecticide when they are let loose in the yard and a supplemental source of income from selling off extra birds. Most of all our foundation flock would be members of the family. So help me decide what I need to be looking for when 'new chick' time rolls around in a few months.