Short story: I'm looking for a smaller chicken that is quiet, friendly, cold and heat tolerant and lays well. Any suggestions? Long Story: I'm trying to talk my DH into chickens for next spring. We're residential (.20 of an acre), so I think 3 chickens would be a good number. My husband is pretty noise sensitive, so quieter chickens are a plus. We live where it gets hot in the summer (90's-100's, but it's a dry heat) and below freezing in the winter. I also have children, so a gentle personality is a plus. I want a silkie, so that's one. I'm debating between a buff orpington and a barred rock for number two. But chicken number three has me stumped. (I'd considered getting both a BO and BR but those are both big girls and I'm trying to minimize mess and how much room I'll need.) I've considered an easter egger, but was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.