Today I ordered from Ideal= 2 Black Australops 2 Buff Orpingtons 2 Rhode Island Reds, and 2 Barred Rocks All are pullets. I am looking for good brown egg layer's, that are nice to look at, when they are in the yard. Lay fairly good vs food consuption. And are friendly, semi quiet, and not skidish. I plan on keeping them for 2 egg laying seasons. I think I will be happy with the Rhode Islands, and the Barred Rocks. After I ordered I read that the Australops, only lay about 150 to 175 eggs their first year. Should I cancel them and get 2 Black Sex links? But I also read that sex links, can burn out after their first year. Then I saw were Buff Orpingtons go broody alot. It also says that they are good cold weather birds. I live in the south would that have a reverse effect? All help on any of these breeds is appreciated.