Hi, Its been a while since I have been on here, we've had HRIR's, Silkies, Cochin Chicks..All raised from hatching eggs! However, we kept having issues with our set up/coop living out in the country other animals getting in and killing them sadly. It got to the point I ended up giving what we had left to a friend who keeps chickens to. However, we have now bought a house closer to town but still outside of city limits and My wonderful Husband almost has our coop complete. Now I'm really trying to do the research to find a couple chicken breeds that are great layers and make great family pets to. Where we live Please tell me about your experiences and knowledge of Orpingtons, Cochins, Americaunas, Easter Eggers? What about other breeds who are well known for being more laid back and docile? I know everyone has their own opinions. Also, is it to late to buy chicks from hatcheries? I loved the experience of hatching my own eggs but it truly is not for the faint at heart. Thanks!