OK, I am thinking about getting a couple chickens. I have never owned a chicken, so I am new to this whole thing. I was just thinking about which breed to get, but it is just overwhelming. There are soo many breeds, I just don't know which kind to get. I do live in a city, so I was thinking about getting some type of bantam breed. I live in Arizona, so the cold isn't the problem, but I need a breed that can tolerate hot temperatures. The highest it has gotten in the very peak of summer was about 115-120 degrees. I mostly want the chickens to be pets, but the eggs will be a bonus. So it will be nice if it were an extremely friendly breed. I mean, I know all chickens can have different temperments no matter which breed, but I would like one with a reputation of being nice. I also want a fairly common breed, because I don't want to have to search endlessly and/or pay a huge sum of money for a "rare" bird. I have a fairly big backyard considering that I live in the city. It is somewhat of a rarity, because most neighborhoods near me have teeny 10 ft x 10 ft backyards. My backyard is about a third of an acre. I am allowed to have hens where I live, I just can't have any roosters. It would be great if I could get the chicks from a feed store. That way I won't have to deal with ordering them from online, having dead/sickly chicks arrive, or having to pay extra fees for shipping and what-not. If I go to the feed store, I can just pick out the ones I want right there, and I could see which ones are the most lively and active. But the downside to that would be that I might get a rooster, which I can't have. Isn't it really hard to tell the female chicks from the males? Or is there a way... Anyway, as you can already tell, I am very confused and I know I am asking a lot, but it would be great if someone could help me in the least bit... Thanks!