Hello, I'm new on here and have been reading lots of good information about chickens. I grew up with barred rock and Rhode Island Red (I don't think those were purebreds, but they looked like Reds) chickens and now that I am living out in the country I plan to get a flock of chickens for eggs, meat, and just the fun of keeping them. I'm going to make an order from Ideal Hatchery when they get chicks back in stock in February or so, and I am narrowing down what I want. I'd like to have lots of eggs in a variety of colors (enough for my family of four and to sell some also), and raise some chicks for sale and for my family to eat, as we no longer buy meat from grocery stores. I'd like chickens that are friendly (we have young children in the family that visit our farm often and love to handle animals), and preferably fairly quiet; even though our neighbors are far away, loud animal sounds carry very well out here in the desert and echo off everything. We had a screamy goat we had to sell because she gave us all headaches! I know you can't predict the personality of every chicken, but I'm wanting breeds that tend to be friendly and quiet for the most part. The birds will be handled daily as well to get them friendly. I also want to find breeds that are a little more unusual; we have a ton of the more common varieties around here. I'm looking to keep around 20 hens and a few roosters. I have nice pens already for them, and will build a coop, and I'd like to let them have some supervised (because of predators) free-ranging time on our seven acres in the afternoon. Also, they need to do all right with high summer temperatures between 80-110 degrees (with access to shelter and water of course!), but we don't have to worry about cold winters. Ok, now that we've gotten through all of that...here's some breeds I am interested in. I've done some research on my own, but would like to see what owners of these birds have to say about them. Please share your comments/experiences good or bad about these breeds, or feel free to suggest other breeds. 'Easter Egg' chickens (Ideal says they're Ameraucanas, but I doubt it-it doesn't matter, I just want the green/blue eggs) Hamburg (can't find much information about this one, other than it's flighty and lays well?) Brahma Cubalaya (some places say this bird is good for meat and eggs, others say it's just ornamental?) Welsummer (I love the speckled brown eggs I've seen out of them, is that common, or do most lay plain brown?) I was also looking at Blue Andalusians but a few websites said they're really noisy.