Hello- I am new the backyard chicken scene and am having a trough time narrowing down the breed choices. I MUST has birds that are gentle in nature and good with kids. Our chickens will be pet and be a big part of our family. They will be kept in a run with roost when we are at work and then allowed out into the back yard to hang out with the family when we are home. We are trying to decide between standard size and Bantams....other then the size I am not sure if there is any other differences. We would like to keep a small flock of maybe 3-4 birds (although we may add more down the line when we figure out what we are doing). ;-) Personality and friendliness is the number 1 criteria in breed selection. Egg production is a plus, but in saying that we don't have to have breeds that are only "high producers". We will have a covered run but would like to let our girls our in the backyard where we have 6 foot fences...so birds that are not great flyers are preferable. So, these are the breeds we are considering (I am of course open to suggestions): Easter Eggers Barred Plymouth Rocks Faverolles (I know this breed does not come in bantams) Silkie "sizzles" (because my daughter loves them) Any advice or suggestions.....I am all ears!