I'm relatively new to raising chickens. It all started with an injured chicken for me. She got attacked by a coyote and lived (see my profile picture). We didn't think she was going to make it. Her right eye was bit and pussy, her beak was twisted sideways, and her side was bit. She couldn't eat on her own, so I cut the end off a kitten pacifier, and softened up her crumbles with warm water. And glory to God, in a couple weeks, she was starting to eat on her own. I tried to put her back in the brood that she came from, but they wouldn't have her. So we became best friends. Her name is became Miracle. I would take her outside, and she would rest on my hand. My brother sarcastically asked me if she was my parot, and I said, "she's my ChickenParot..." thus comes my profile name. Anyway, now I'm hooked! So I'm thinking I want to raise some more chickens, but don't know which type. I'd like a breed that is a good brooder, friendly to humans that are friendly to them, good layers, docile and generally just good birds to spend time with. I know it may sound funny, but I really love my Miracle, and the rooster that was given to me to keep her company. His name is Carmel, and he's an Easter Egger, or so I'm told. Miracle is a Rhode Island Red...or a New Hampshire Red, not sure which. I love her to pieces, but unsure if I want to chance that breed around her. I really need a chicken that will mix well with Miracle and Carmel. Here's another one for you to consider. I could never kill an animal that I've raised and cared for. I tried that with some rabbits, and it became very obvious that I couldn't sell them for meat. I've got a soft heart. So whatever chickens I get will be around for a while, unless nature intervenes. Well, that's my thoughts...I welcome yours.