i have researched and researched and i know that nothing will educate a person more than being "on the job" in a couple of months, we will start acquiring our flock. I mainly want eggs for personal use and to sell, so i am going for the more productive breeds. But, i also like pretty and i would like a couple of hens to be broody, so i can "grow my own chicks" without incubating, i have three kids, full time job, a husband, etc. so i don't have time to incubate eggs. here is my list of hens i would like to have and i will also give you a list of the roosters i have found that are not only pretty ( we really really really want pretty roos), but for the most part are good natured, though i know those aren't always reliable i would like the eggs that i am able to hatch for those chicks to eventually be good layers also....ok, my lists: hens: Barred Rocks - def. only for egg production Rhode Island Reds - def. only for egg production Black Australorp - good moms and heard they produce tinted eggs?? Orpingons - to go broody and mother the chicks (i heard they do a decent job of it) Welsummers - for the gorgeous dark brown eggs and that i heard they can go broody every once in a while, are good moms, have good disposition. For the roos, the ones i like the looks of all of these are: Welsummers Salmon Favorelles Rhode Island Red (i know lots of these are sometimes NOT friendly, but i am willing to try it and see) other roos i am considering are: Barred Rock - to possibly keep some pure BR hens being born into my flock Gold Laced Wyandotte - don't remember why this is on my list, but apparently i put this on there, LOL. So, i am almost 100 percent sure i am going to have approximately 2 of each breed of hens above, with possibly double that of the BR and RIR. to help increase my flock and those chicks to continue to grow into good layers, which of the above roos would you all recommend? Thanks!!!