we live in south florida and want to start keeping chickens. we are expecting to keep half a dozen or less (maybe as few as 2 to start). i've been reading what i can about it, so that we'll get off to a good start. my question is whether anyone here has some good, personal advice about breeds that would work for us. here's some of the specifics of what we're looking at; 1. we've got young kids, and some predators in the area (hawks mostly) so i'm thinking a larger breed might fare better. 2. we're just going to have females (we live in a neighborhood), and we don't plan on eating them, so if they were fairly good egg layers, that would be nice. 3. we're not going to breed them, so broodiness isn't something we're after. 4. we would like to let them 'free range' in our back yard, which has a 6 foot fence. so, if they weren't flighty that would be nice. 5. if they were a 'friendlier' breed, this would be better, since they will be pets. 6. we're far enough south, that we virtually never get below freezing, but we're over 90 degrees for months out of the year, and we get a lot of rain. so, a breed that's hardier with heat and moisture would be best. any suggestions? thanks!