Hello again, Last fall our family successfully raised 46 meat birds, thanks to your help. Now the whole family is excited about layers (and two kids and 2 bunnies, as well, but I digress...). We know we want heavy breeds that do well in the cold, and all girls. We have 6 children, so we need breeds that are not known to be too spunky or disagreeable. My kids are sweet to animals but they will want to interact with them and I'd rather not have birds who are temperamentally grouchy. I was set on some Buff Orpingtons because everyone says they are sweet, but I keep reading about how broody they can be. Is it going to be difficult to collect eggs with a bunch of broody mama-wanna be's? I was also going to get some RIR's since they are such great layers, but I recently heard they can be mean, so now I'm not so sure? I'm also looking at New Hampshire Reds and Barred Rocks, and my kids also are dying for some EE's. I'd be grateful for your thoughts.