Hopefully I've put this in the right place I am trying to chose which laying hens will suit my situation best. I have a premade coop on the way to house them when they are small, I'm working on the plans for the larger coop and run now. During the day they will have a 200'X200' area to free range, then at night and during bad weather they'll have an 8'X8' coop and 8'X12' run. I was only planning on 6-8 hens and would like to get a couple dozen eggs a week for our use, then if there are more leftover I'll share. I have only had chickens once before and didn't do much research on the breeds. I went to my local feed store and bought what they recommended. I had 2 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Black Australorps, and 2 Araucanas. I liked the Reds because of the large eggs and their bold personality, but they were loud. The Australorps laid small eggs and we're very stand-off-ish. The Araucanas we beautiful birds but very timid. I did spend a lot of time with them, and handled them often from chicks to adults. The Reds always greeted me and stayed at my feet when I was in the yard. So, I would like to find a breed that are good layers, lay large eggs, relatively quiet so they don't blow my cover, and friendly. I want to include my 4 and 7 years old nieces, the 7 year old is scared of EVERYTHING.