I've got a couple of dozen different breeds of chickens. If you want brown egg layers get White or Barred Plymouth Rocks (Dominickers), Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshires, Sex-Links (Red or Black), any color of Wyandottes etc. All of these breeds lay well and their eggs are large and brown. If you want to raise babies you can get nice chicks from Ideal poultry Farm in Cameron, Texas. They have hundreds of varieties and breed to choose from-many plain and rare breeds as well. If you don't want to raise chicks look in a local farm paper or swap and shop bulletin. Usually there's someone with some chickens to sell. Good luck and be sure to have a good place for them to live without getting eaten by stray dogs or other predators.