I live in the city and have 5 hens. All different breeds: an Easter Egger (the "araucana"s or "ameraucana"s you get from a large hatchery), an Ameraucana, a Marans, a Plymouth Rock, and a Leghorn. The Ameraucana lays lovely pale blue eggs
, and the Easter Egger lays green eggs
. They are both a little standoffish but not skittish either. Our Marans is a purebred from a local breeder (not from a large hatchery) and she lays the most gorgeous LARGE MAROON eggs
. She's also quite sweet, but she didn't lay as much as the others because she was broody a lot during the summer and I didn't bother to try to break her. Our Plymouth rock has continued to lay at her summer rate (almost an egg a day) through the winter with no supplemental light. She's also a sweetheart and lays lovely pink eggs
. I do not recommend Leghorns for pets. They lay a lot but the laying also fizzles out quickly. She also got frostbite on her comb even in our mild winter.
I was initially interested in all the egg colors, though now I'm more interested in personality too. If I were to get another hen (which I won't until our chicken population goes down to 2 because we don't use that many eggs), I'd like to try a Rhode Island Red, and I'd totally get another purebred Marans. Don't ask me why we have all these egg layers and aren't much of egg eaters.