Australorp: a black chicken prized for laying many brown eggs. Described as 'delightful, a great pet chicken, calm, and friendly". Also called " peaceful and dignified" and "docile, sweet, and shy". Has soft, shiny black feathers with a greenish or purplish hue in sunlight.
Barred Plymouth Rock: looks like a zebra with black and white stripes. Described as 'sweet, very friendly, great layer, and easy to manage. Gets along with people and other chickens".
Welsummer: looks like the chicken on Kellogg's Corn Flakes, brown and black. Described as "active, friendly, intelligent, and easily handled".
(New Hampshire Red is very similar to Production Red)Production Red: a hybrid cross between the Rhode Island Red and the New Hampshire Red. It has a bit lighter shade than the darker Rhode Island Red. It's an efficient egg producer and can take climate extremes of both hot and cold. The hens are described as for the most part calm and docile.
(Image of Ameraucanas...Easter Eggers vary in color and are not a standard breed)Easter Eggers (often sold as Ameraucanas): Not considered by some to be a breed, but carries the blue/green gene that produces these beautiful eggs. Described as having a 'fun' personality and usually quite friendly to children and humans. The pullets(hens) are smaller than most and weigh 4 lbs. compared to other hens that can weigh 6 to 8 pounds. Considered to be especially docile. Said to like treats and will often follow you around while you do garden chores. I really want one of the Easter Eggers.
Buff Orpington: Described as have a calm disposition and easy to handle. A heavy breed weighing up to 8 pounds. Can lay large, brown eggs year round and is said to be easy to handle. Also said to be 'large, gentle, and friendly'. They have a lot of plummage, so I'm not certain if they will do well during hot, Texas summers.
PART 2: THE BABY CHICKS ARRIVE!
PART 3: OUR CHICKEN TEENAGERS: THEY FEATHER OUT AND GROW UP http://tropicaltexana.blogspot.com/2011/06/our-chicken-teen-agers-are-fun.html
FOR MY CHINESE FRIENDS:
Any other breeds I should consider? Texas gets hot in the summer and so that's my top concern.