I live about an hour north of Charlotte, NC. While I consider this the "south" technically, we do get some cold days and it does generally snow 1-3 times in the winter. This winter was particularly cold, with single-digit temps for several nights. In the summers, it can get in the 90's several days in a row (though this summer wasn't quite so bad). I'm trying to figure out the best breeds that will lay somewhat continuously throughout the year. We will be ordering about 7-8 baby chicks (also not sure exactly when we should do this....maybe around March?) to add to our small flock of 3 (a red sex link, buff orpington, and white leghorn....the former two have laid pretty consistently all summer but not really sure how they will do when the temps drop). I really want docile, friendly chickens that will tolerate being handled. Right now only one of ours lets us near her and I'd eventually like all the chickens to be comfortable with handling so I can care for them if they get sick or have any issues, etc. Thanks for any and all suggestions!