Choosing the correct breed of chicken entails more than one might think. When choosing which breeds you would like it's important to know that some breeds may not be suited to your area. Certain breeds do well in hot climates while others may not. Certain breeds do well in cold climates while other may not. If you are interested in a particular breed be sure to research this aspect of chicken keeping before making your final choice.
Some breeds that do well in cold climates are:
Rhode Island Red
Some breeds that do well in hot climates are:
Barred Plymouth Rock
White Plymouth Rock
Silver Spangled Hamburg
There are many, many different breeds of chickens & some do well in both hot & cold climates. I live in the North East & we have very hard, cold winters. I have Orpingtons, Brahmas, Australorps, Easter Eggers, Barred Rocks, Seramas, Spitzhaubens & Silkies. All of our birds do just fine in the winter months as we have breed them through at least 6 generations now.
Be sure to do your research on the breeds you are interested in, it will make things a lot easier on you and your flock in the long run.