After a ten year break, I am excited to be getting some chickens again. I have some specific requirements, and am looking for suggestions from the enthusiats here on what breed/s may suit. *Heat Tolerant. It's very hot and dry here in summer (Inland So Cal) , and even the winters are mild - only below freezing maybe 5-10 nights a year. *Temperament must be gentle, cal, preferable social - not flighty at all *Prefer a smaller hen - mature weight of around 5 1/2 lbs (definitely not bantams though) *Good to very good egg layer (don't care about egg color) *A fairly traditional look - no beards, muff, or leg feathering etc *I am open to all feather coloring. I have been doing some research, and my main problem has been finding birds that combine the smaller size with a calm temperament. Thankyou in advance for any and all suggestions & comments.