We are new to chickens and I've done my research on this breed, my fiancé said he wanted the Rhode Island reds and what I have read about them looks promising. I had a pet rooster which was a red, he jumped on my fathers tail pipe and road home with him and we never took him back. He was the sweetest, smartest and very friendly bird! He loved strangers and I had never seen him offer to peck or fight. However i havent much experience with what kind of layers they are? Are the hens known to be just as friendly if raised lovingly, around many different people? Do yours get along well with each other? Health? I thought it would be nice to hear some from those with reds? We are not looking for meat, I won't allow my fiancé to kill any of our chickens they have a life long home with us, so this isn't something I'm so much interested in. I just want friendly chickens, who are good layers and are in good health.