I vote for hens! I had two light brahmas in my first flock. My daughter picked them out and called them Snowball and Sunshine.
Snowball was a piece of work, she was HUGE, but laid tiny little eggs when she darn well felt like it. She would let my daughter pick her up, carry her around, sit her on her lap. Me? If I touched her in any way she pooped on me. Giant poops that she saved just for me. She was something.