I live on Vancouver Island and am hoping someone here knows the breeds best suited to our climate, as I'm new to the Island as well. what breeds are the most versatile, hardy and good egg layers. what breed is the easiest for a child to tend to, or the funnest? My daughter wants a dozen egg laying hens and a couple of the fancy breeds, to watch the hens brood. the fancy ones will be in a seperate run from the egg layers of course. I like the starbrights (is that right??), then there's the Cochins that caught our eye and of course the Bantams. thanks a bunch.