Well, I'm getting ready to get a few pullets in the next month or two and I'm kinda overloaded with all the info out there on what to get...so many choices and I can only have a max of three without involving city hall, so I'm looking for a little advice. My choice in breed needs to be a decent layer. A big part of this is for the eggs. My family currently goes though 2-3 dozen a month and I'm sure with a fresh supply from the back yard that our consumption will increase a bit. Though I wouldn't mind a few extra above and beyond (I've got friends and family near by that'll happily accept donations) but I don't want soo many that it becomes a chore to get rid of extras or something that people expect to get (I've had this problem with gardening where neighbors expect food gifts after I've given some away to them). Also being a beginner I need ones that are somewhat hearty and can take a little (for a lack of a better term) neglect as I figure this all out. I've also got kids (age 4 and 10) so they should be if not social at least not mean or too territorial. And preferably something that can kinda keep a kids interest, I'd like the kids to take an active role in the raising of the hens. After finding a breeder near our town and have narrowed the choices down to Light Brahmas, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Araucanas. However I really like the Salmon Faverolles, and Mottled Javas. Are there any that as a beginner that I should avoid? Are there problems rainy climates and the feathers on the Brahma's legs? Are any fliers (I got 6 foot fence and will keep them cooped, but will also give them a free run of the back yard while we're out there). And though I plan on getting 3, would I be doing a hen a disservice if I start with just one and slowly add some friends, or should I just jump right into obtaining 2 or 3 right off the bat?