Hi Porkpal!!! I miss chatting with you on DG (I let my subscription expire for now so can't post), glad you are here too! I'm not too concerned about high production....these will be backyard chickens so I won't have more than 4 or 5. I'll keep the 'talkativiness' in mind. Our neighbors used to have chickens but we never heard them unless one was laying, I know they had 2 different ones but don't know the which breeds.