I need some advice on breeds. I've researched and I have computer based suggestions on my wants and needs, but I've also found out some things not so nice about the breeds that were suggested. I want good layers with large eggs both brown and white, I live in Nebraska so they need to be able to bear some heat and cold. No plans for a rooster at this time. A easy going bird/ good layer not too broody The suggestions I had were leghorns and Ancona. What are your opinions on leghorns? Are they worth the hassle of picking and being flighty. I want to have several breeds so I have some variety and I don't want drama with the chickens pecking, also I would like to introduce a rooster or two at some point but not right away. I'm really thinking a laid back calm chicken that likes kids and doesn't get too unhappy with dogs barking, which I do have, although the chickens would be enclosed. Also what breed do suggest as a good pet I have two little girls that are going to want a friend....or fifty what do you suggest I was thinking silkies?