Hello! I'm looking for some expert (eggs-pert?) advice on choosing a breed for our new family flock. Each of our four children is picking out new chickens for this spring- the three that have been picked are Delawares, Barred Plymouth Rocks, and Buff Orpingtons. We need some help on guiding our last child's choice. Primary requirement is that it is a friendly bird (these chickens are pets that happen to lay eggs!) and not aggressive or flighty. Needs to integrate with the flock well, so we don't want a breed that will pick on the others or be pecked to death, either. Also prefer not to have something too small and be more likely to be eaten by a hawk. (Our birds free range during the day.) Finally, the breed needs to be able to handle hot Texas summers. These chickens are pets and also are the kids' egg business. Here are the front runners: (1) Ameraucana: cool, multi-colored eggs and good disposition, but I'm worried that they are too small to mix with the others (2) Brahma: Well-mannered and big but will they be OK in the summer heat? (3) Australorp: Have the reputation for making lots of eggs, but are they too small around the bigger birds? What's their personality like? (4) Black Jersey Giant: My boy is excited about these because of their size and gentle disposition, but can they mix ok with the other medium sized birds? My kids would be grateful for any breed advice or other comments you may have!!! Thanks!