Hello all, I am new here, as you may tell, and a newbie at raising chickens - I've studied up on them for almost four years now and think I am educated enough to start a backyard flock of my own (hopefully). I just don't know exactly which breed to choose. I would like something that is not too loud, can't "fly away", friendly/gentle towards humans/pet-like, good egg layers (large eggs), good mothers, go broody, and like to free-range and forage for food - and can be put in a pen. Also, I live in Florida, so I need some birds that are heat tolerant (not in direct sun - because my whole yard is shaded 80s in shade - 80s/low 90s in sun during summer), and tolerant to the cold winters (40 to 50 degress). I've read a bit on this forum before registering, and saw that Brahmas, Australrops, and Orpingtons are the closest in matching my criteria for a backyard flock. I want my chickens to have a family, but I also want to collect eggs for eating (can you do both?). I hope I have explained myself well. Out of the three breeds I listed, I like the Orpingtons best, then Australorps, and Brahmas are okay (not to fond of the feathered footing though). If it is not too much to ask, could I maybe get a comparison or two between the three breeds (or just Orps and Austras). Personal experience would be appreciated! Thank You, BB720 PS: What does the acronym "BLRW" stand for - I know it's a breed of chicken; but which one?