Currently we have 35; 25 laying, 10 that we raised from chicks this spring and will start laying this fall.
We have Buff Orps, Barred Rocks, RI Reds, Sicilian Buttercups, Black Stars and Amarucanas. The Buff Orps are the sweetest and most hand tame, but also the most broody. We have a big welding glove we use to gather their eggs because they can be pretty fierce. Next would be the Barred Rocks for hand tame. I love the look of the Buttercups and the Amarucanas.
Tried to get Austrolorps this spring because we heard such good things about their productivity, maybe next year.
Selling the eggs does pretty much pay for the feed, and this time of year they eat all the over ripe produce from the garden. Sadly, we can not let ours free range for the bug control, but I love them anyway. We may have to get a "chicken tractor" so we can move a few around the garden and pastures.