I live in Upstate SC. I live on a 1/2 acre lot with a small fenced back yard. "Non-disruptive" fowl are allowed by city ordinance. I have never owned a chicken. I think I am interested in ~ 4 laying hens housed in a tractor coop that I will build myself (and kinda lookin forward to that). Def looking for good egg layers. Sooooo, I am looking for a breed that is quiet, docile/friendly, good egg layers, heat tolerant, smaller space tolerant. I think a breed such as "Easter Eggers" (although not really a breed?) may fit the bill? Are local "mixed breeds" an option (ie do you really get what you pay for?, does a specific "breed" really matter?). Awaiting my "Chickens for Dummies" book (don't laugh) but wanted to post this probably redundant inquiry. Any local folks (Greenville SC) out there interested in advising a newbie? Tks.