Hello all! We are new to chickens. One of my daughters is fascinated with them, (found many an egg from fridge in her possession with her trying to hatch it...LOL!) I thought, well, if she's interested it may work well for them to learn to take care of, sell eggs, or whole chickens, etc. So we were looking at ALL the different breeds, (I could see us getting 50 different kinds! There are so many beautiful ones!) But that would be a mess to start with. So we are looking for suggestions here. 1.) good egg layers, + 2.) good meat chickens or ones that would sell for meat chickens fairly well as they got older too. 3.) friendly, I'm sure she will be catching them quite often...(.if I find them in her room I wouldn't be surprised...haha) 4.) Hardy I'm sure we will end up getting some of the "pretty" ones, but we have to look at space and realistic returns. And we just need someplace to start. Thank you for all your suggestions!!