I have never raised chickens before but we have a small ranch and are wanting to get started with raising about 3-4 chickens. I live in Texas and it can get quite hot here in the summer. I am needing a breed that is heat tolerant and is ok with confinement. They will have a good size run but won't free range in the yard due to other livestock. I like the look of the Australorps and the Barred Rocks. Would these breeds work for me? Are they good layers? Also, do you have a recommendation for a good hatchery to order from. Since I only have room for a few I need a place with a low min. order. Is there a better time of the year to order or does it matter? One more question... How long do you keep your chicks indoors with a heat lamp before putting them outside in the coop and run? Thanks for all your help!!