My name is Peldyn and I am waiting for my husband to make my new coop so I can get chickens. I have not had them since a child and I am afraid that I have forgotten the little bit I knew about them. As a total newbie I could use advice on what types are good around dogs, cats, grandkids, like desert heat and are good layers. I don't plan on having more than maybe 4 and want to be able to maybe play with them like pets. Is that possibly asking too much? LOL!