Hi chicken peeps! I'm a newbie and hoping to get 4/5 chicks in the next few weeks. My family (hubby, kids age 13 & 8) are wanting chickens that will be good egg layers and family pets. We live in the rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest. I think we have narrowed our list down but I would love any feedback as to what breeds you think might fit the bill. This is what we're thinking right now: Hubby wants RIR Daughter wants Golden Laced or Blue Laced Red Wyandotte (she also wants a silkie) Son wants Buff Orpington I want an Americauna (I love colors!) My concern is that I have read that the B.O.'s can be picked on and that RIR can be a bit aggressive/fiesty. I have also read varying opinions as to whether it is ok or not to add chicks that are two weeks apart in age to the same brooder. Any opinions on that are also welcome. Thanks much for your time!