I am new to the world of backyard chickens. But my family has decided to acquire laying hens as an ethical alternative to buying mass produced eggs. I love the idea of Buff Orpingtons because of their repuatation for being docile. I have a toddler and would like to be able to interact with the hens and not be afraid. We will be living in upstate NY, so I am looking for a docile, hardy breed that will have a good production. There is no need for dual-purpose, as we would never consider eating our hens. I've read that BO's dont mix well with other breeds, as they tend to get picked on...? Any truth to this? My main concern is the safety and health of whatever hens we end up getting.