I have done a ton of research on creating a chicken coop for my backyard...Over a year now of books, visiting breeders and going over internet sites and blogs for information for coops, feeders, waterers, dangers to the flock, potential predators, foraging in the yard, run size, etc. I've narrowed my selection of breeds down to two (I think?!) Buff Orpington's and Ameracauna's. Any suggestions for a first timer like me? I need them to be cold hardy, good egg layers, good with the kids and to be able to handle them if need be. Any help would be most appreciated!!