We love our chickens--they're fun to watch, and many are calm enough for the kids to hold and pet. They follow us around the yard because they always assume we have some food for them, even when we don't.
We ordered more chicks in 2003. This time we wanted to try a variety of other breeds, so we ordered female ameraucanas (blue egg layers), light brahmas (with feathered feed), Rhode Island reds, black australorps, and buff orpingtons--all of those are brown egg layers, and heavy breeds, which tend to be a lot less skittish and easier to handle, same as the barred rocks. Murray McMurray threw in a "rare exotic" chick for free with the order, and we also qualified for 2 straight run (unsexed) partridge rocks.