Hey experts, help a newbie out! We live in Texas, so a heat-tolerant bird is a must. We eat eggs but will also be eating our extra birds. We will be free-ranging and have seen hawks carry off rabbits out of our yard. We have small children and want there to be a camaraderie between the children and the chickens. Also, I won't be treating my sick birds, instead putting them on the table (unless they're unfit for consumption), so would prefer a disease-resistant breed. As I mentioned, we'll be eating our extra birds, meaning we plan on letting our hens go broody and raise chicks for us. What breed should I get? I've tried to start a flock of australorps, but most of them have died, and I want my starting flock to be a little bit bigger Also it turned out that one of the Aussies was a barred rock, and I have a friend who insists on giving me one of her extra copper maran roos soon.