Hello My husband grew up on his grandfathers poultry farm and would love to share that experience with our sons ages 16, 6 and 2 1/2. I don't want to have the "full" experience but would like to have 4-6 hens as pets and for eggs. Now I'm not asking for anyone to pick sides but I wonder if one breed is better than another for this sort of family friend. They raised RI Reds and I'm pretty attracted to the "fancier" type. There was recently an article in Horticulture magazine showing Sicilian Buttercups and Golden Laced Polish. (I also have to admit to being a Martha fan and love the color of the eggs produced by Araucana). So I guess my first question would be is there a difference in the personality of one breed to another and secondly are there any differences in the care of the more exotic looking chicks? Any information is greatly appreciated.