I'm planning to order my first batch of chicks this spring (finally!) and am trying to decide between 3 standard-sized pullets or up to 5 bantam pullets. I know both have their meritsand fans! What would you recommend? I'm having a hard time deciding. Here are a few background details: My 3.5 year old daughter would like to be involved, so the most important thing is that our chickens be friendly, non-aggressive, and easy for her to handle. We live in a suburban neighborhood next to pastureland, so distant farm sounds and aromas are not unusual. Still, I'd like to keep the noise and odor down. Are bantam pullets noticeably quieter and tidier than their full-sized cousins? As for odor, I'm building the coop with the deep litter method in mind. Maybe this is a non-issue. I'd like to let them free range in the yard with supervision, but need to also keep damage to our vegetable garden under reasonable control. Maybe I'm asking too much. Our annual temperatures typically range between the mid-twenties and the eighties. This year was unusual. Temperatures dipped into the low teens. Will both bantams and standards do well in those temperatures considering that the run will be covered? Lastly, I'd like some eggs. Doesn't need to be muchI'm not expecting to completely replace grocery eggsbut it would be fun to collect some rent while they're young. On the other hand, if I had to choose happy pets (and kids) over eggs, I would in a heartbeat. Any advice?