As a child I had 24 barred rock chickens and thta is my experience with poultry LOL I cleaned their pen, we raised them from babies, they would sit on our laps and come running when called, we fed them oyster shells, chicken feed and fresh water then they were let free to roam during the day and put up at night. We have 27 acres, half wooded half field, 2 horses, a ton of goats, 2 great pyrenese dogs so the chickens will be free range and safely guarded by the dogs, and we have 2 little girls. So we're looking for a calm breed who prefers free range, is nice with kids, lays well through winter, is cold and damp tollerant as we live in NW Washington and the roo needs to be nice- not attack our kids... these are some of the breeds I like, any info on them or advice is much appreciated!!! Dorking (these are rare?) Faverolles Marans (not much info on them...) Orpington Plymouth Rock Silkie Welsumer all of these were described as friendly and cold resistant... any others you'd suggest? any advice or info on these? thanks!