My husband will be retiring at the end of the year, and we just moved into a lovely little house in the Texas Hill Country outside San Antonio which will be our retirement home. I have wanted chickens for a very long time and now - with a little over an acre and farm-friendly county regulations - we'll be able to have a nice little flock. We're going to wait to add chickens to the mix until next spring, because we're having a studio building built and some fencing put in after the first of the year, and I want to make sure the hens are able to get settled in with a minimum of other disturbances for them to deal with. In the meantime, though, I've been doing a ton of research about the best breeds for our area. It gets so hot here in the summer that I want to be sure I'm being fair to the birds and not setting my heart on a breed that's just going to be miserable or ill from the high temps. We're looking for standard dual-purpose breeds that are good layers and people-friendly, and I'd like a few that will go broody so we can home-hatch fertile eggs at some point down the road. I'm thinking about a mixed flock of 6 - 8 hens with the following breeds: Welsummers Buff Orpingtons Buff Brahmas Some mix of Marans I'd be very interested in thoughts and recommendations from more experienced flock owners out there - does this sound like a good mix for a small home flock? Does anyone have experience with some or all of these breeds in very hot climates? Thanks in advance!