My family had some chickens when I was a kid, but I was raised to believe they were mean and to stay away. Watching how a friend's kids made pets out of their laying hens has given me a completely new perspective on chickens. I had no idea they could be so loveable. Now I want that same experience for my kids.
After reading up on family friendly breeds, I'd like to start with half a dozen Buff Orpingtons. This is going to be quite an adventure.