I think I just convinced my hubby to get two for the spring. (We presently have 2 EE and 2 BO. He thought we were done, lol.) After asking on BYC for the best breed in terms of 1) friendliness/good with kids 2) good layers and 3) cold hardiness, I took all the breeds suggested and did some research. I think the australorp is our bird! Also, loooove the fact that someone said they're a quieter breed, since we have one neighbor who's a big pain. Pics, info, anything you want to share? I'm psyched!