OK- so I have always wanted backyard chickens (for their eggs) and finally found a way to let my DH know we're serious about it.... I dragged my kid into it. We are starting him in 4-H this spring and I thought chickens! Small, fun, and always something I wanted to do... and if my son doesn't like it in the end, you know who's cleaning the coop anyway right? So for child-friendly birds the MyPetChicken recommends Rhode Islands, Wyandottes, Brahmas, Orpingtons, and New Hampshire Reds. Does this sound right to experienced back-yarders? Are there other "pretty" breeds that would be docile enough for children (7 yrs). I know nothing is every guaranteed.... but some chickens are more prone to patience than others. Keep in mind we live on the prairie. Hot summers (110) and cold winters (0-30's) with prairie winds abound. In the summer the winds are warm, in the winter they are warm or cold. But when they blow... it's around 20 mph with gusts of 40-60 mph. About once a week. I'm already working on converting out shed into a fully closed coop to help them avoid these. All that in mind-- any suggestions? It's sooooo hard to wait for my faves the wyandottes and brahmas. Nobody is carrying them until February! And no backorders! Argh!