As you can tell from my user name, I am absolutely new to chickens. I've been trying to convince my hubby for years that we need some chickens in our kind of rural area but he had absolutely no interest. One day we were driving along and out of the blue he said, I think we should get some chickens. I didn't ask him why the mind change, I just went full stream ahead. We now have a coop in the back yard, fencing ready to be installed and when that's done -- hopefully this weekend -- the next step is getting some chickens. We hope to raise chickens strictly for the eggs and probably will make pets of them, if possible. We live in North Florida where it's hot in the summer but can get below freezing briefly in the winter. So does anyone have any suggestions as to what kind of chickens we should get. We want something that is a good layer but friendly with people. I know some chickens can tend to be aggressive so I'm hoping for some suggestions for some mild mannered chickens. We also hope to get one rooster and I've been told to get one that is fairly young so we have a better chance of raising him to be friendly towards humans. Sure will appreciate any suggestions I can get.