I live in Texas. We get temps into the 107-108 every year, occasionally 110-115. So heat tolerant is probably the most important thing. I found someone with a barnvelder hen and an amerucana hen which they need to rehome. The amerucana, I'm betting, is hatchery stock. I wouldn't know how to tell if it's breed stock. The price suggests hatchery stock. Anyway, I'd love some pretty blue eggs. But the barnvelder is a gorgeous bird too. I'd rather have a long term layer over a very productive but short term layer. They will free range in a protected back yard. My current flock is nice, nobody picks on anyone. I'd like to keep it that way. So which breed would you suggest? Mine are 17 weeks old. These should start laying any day. I hope the age difference will be alright and since the "older bird" would be the one on new turf.