Good morning all, So this will be my first flock of chickens. We live in a suburban/rural (our subdivision is more suburban) on a 1/4 acre lot. I am in the middle of building a largish tractor (12ft long and 3ft wide overall-the house is 3'x4' and the run is 3'x8'). From what I gather this should house four hens fairly well. We want a laying flock in a variety of standard sized breeds for brown and colored eggs. We have four kids so we would like fairly docile/gentle birds. I have been going over the various breeds and have it narrowed down to the following, Plymouth Rock, Ameraucana (easter egger), silver laced Wyandotte, and a Buff Orpington (my daughter has her heart set on this one). Unless I am able to find all of these locally, I would like to order from a place where I can get all of these in one order/shipment ( I have read good things about Ideal Poultry with successful shipments all the way to Maine). A friend also wants to add to her flock and will order with us so Ideal's minimum should not be a concern. Do you think this tractor size will house four hens sufficiently? Will these breeds generally coexist ok if raised together from chick age? Are they good layers and fairly quiet and gentle as chickens go? Any other suggested breeds (suitable for the northeast climate)? Any other recommended hatchery or breeder closer to Rhode Island? Thank you all for any suggestions and input.