I have ordered banty eggs and hope to get back into chickens, if all goes right. I would like to have 1 heavy breed hen to keep that lays nice big brown eggs. I'm alone a lot as my DH works out of state and is only home on weekends/ holidays. I've had chickens for years, but they have been either RIR. Barred R, or BO. Something different would be a nice change. I'd like a hen that is fairly friendly, broody so I could use her to hatch some of my bantam eggs (as I stated if all goes right), can tolerate temps that are high in summer and average cold winters, doesn't seem scarredy-cat type and most important, is a good brown egg layer. Everyone has their own opinion so I'd like to hear anything you have to say. I have a friend here with several breeds of chickens so I'm just going to pick 1 or 2 chicks.out of her flocks and keep them with my banties. Please give me your opinion! I want to make a good judgment call. I'm going to have them for quite awhile. I have 2 old hens now that are 8 yrs. old. They don't lay eggs anymore and I consider them my "extended outside companions"!! I call them my old ladies. My coop is set up so the big girls have one side and the bantams have the other with a divider in the middle to keep them separate. I live on the eastern shore of MD, between Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Our summers have tropical weather, hot and humid. We've had some drought in some years, seemed really really hot ( 90+ for weeks) but probably not as bad as TX!! Winters could be anything from mild, like last year with very little snow, to several big blizzards, a lot of snow, Temps around 30 are average but will get in single digits for a week or so. My personal preference is for a clean-footed chicken. Thanks for any suggestions!