My son saw some Belgian D'uccles at the Common Ground Fair in Maine, and some Seramas, and really liked them. We have four chickens and I plan to add a few next spring. He wants to have a pair of Bantams as "his" own pets. I am not a fan of kids having pets UNLESS I am also into the animal & don't mind taking on the responsibility of its care myself, but I wanted to add a Bantam anyhow, if I can do it well. I have a nice A frame coop that is not in use that I could use for them, but wonder a few things: 1. Our winters are long, cold & oft snowy - are there any bantam breeds that would be better suited to these conditions? (I thought maybe Russian Orloff Bantams, but I have read they can be flighty and want my son's experience to be as positive as possible.) 2. Are there any breeds of bantam that lay semi frequently? (I wouldn't mind some little eggs to add into the egg bowl.) 3. Are there any good books geared toward kids about showing / raising chickens? (I know that Storey's Guide is great, my son reads at about a tenth grade level.) 4. I think it would be great for him to get into showing. Are there bantam breeds that are more successful at shows than others? Thanks in advance. He is a responsible, caring boy & would love a loving pet. I am lucky both my guys are very gentle and respectful of all of our animals without me having to tell them. We do have rules about friends & how they are allowed to interact with the critters, and they are wonderful about keeping their friends in line, too. I have also looked into 4-H here, but won't be able to get him into the program until after Christmas & thought he could start researching sooner so we can decide before we start the great chick/egg hunt in January.