Hello all. My hubby has finally agreed to let me get a coop and 6 or 7 chickens for my backyard flock. We live on 3 acres of partially wooded land, which is surrounded by another 10 acres of woods and 10 acres of farmland. Relatively rural area, with lots of hawks and large birds of prey. So I think we definitely need a roo to help protect the girls. However, I also have an 18 month old daughter who I want to be able to run freely around the chickens without fear, so I am concerned about getting an agressive rooster who will scare her. Plus, I kind of have my heart set on that traditional rooster crow and would like a "pretty" rooster if that is also possible. I have in mind a proud looking roo with long tail feathers and beautiful colors. I figure since he won't be giving us eggs, he should at least be a handsome fella! Hehe I loooove the look of the brown leghorn roosters, but I have read that they are more flighty and agressive, so I think that's a no. I have been researching quite a bit, but its all very confusing! I have never raised chickens before, although it has always been a dream of mine. I was wondering if any of you guys could recommend a breed or two for me to look into? And pictures and crowing descriptions would be great too. I am not sure if this matters, but I hope to have a mixed flock of wellsummers, easter eggers, and some kind of white chicken. (Haven't decided that one yet!) I am looking for a colorful egg basket and friendly docile hens to mostly keep as pets. They will free range most of the time. We live in central Illinois, with extremes of both heat and cold, unfortunately. Thank you for reading this long post and for helping me!