I think we have settled on the following breeds for the following reasons. We need calmer breeds (small children), need to be dual purpose and cold hardy. Barred Rock Buff Rock Speckled Sussex Maybe Delaware? And just for the fun, maybe an Ameraucana? I want blue/green eggs though-not pink/olive. All the places I see have only ee's. For those of you with experience with these breeds, are they on average calmer than some of the other dual purpose breeds? Also, from reading on here it seems that some strains of the same breed are calmer than other strains. Can you list if your birds are either calm/aloof and which hatchery they came from. There are a few places I am looking into getting them from (McMurray, Ideal, Sand Hill, Welp, Meyer, My Pet Chicken) and am having a hard time deciding. Thanks!