I'm a chicken newbie planning to get a half-dozen bantam chicks this spring for our urban backyard, and as a homeschool project for my first-grader. We want a breed that (1) is pretty docile; (2) lays a decent quantity of decent-sized eggs; and (3) isn't too odd-looking(!). I was thinking that Buff Brahma bantams might fill these requirements, but I'm wondering if anyone could recommend any other breeds we should consider. In general, are the particular characteristics of a standard-sized breed the same in the bantam version (i.e. is the temperament of a Buff Orp bantam similar to the Buff Orp standard), or are there differences? Also, does it matter if we have a mixed flock of different breeds, so long as the chicks are raised together? Or is there a benefit to having all one variety? We won't have a rooster, so babies aren't an issue.... Thanks!