I ordered my chicks today, and they're scheduled to arrive on May 3. We got 2 Australorps, 1 buff Orpington, and 1 gold-laced Wyandotte. All are gentle, quiet birds that tolerate confinement well. I hope to let them free-range (or at least range in a movable "chicken tractor"), but I don't want them pecking at each other when we do have to keep them in.
I'm pretty excited about the idea of having actual livestock. Yeah, I know. They're just chickens... But it's another step towards my homesteading dream, another step towards being more food-independent. It's also another step away from normalcy. A veggie garden is excusable. Lots of people have those. But chickens? Not so normal.