After painstakingly researching every breed of chicken out there, I came to the conclusion that the Wyandotte is the chicken breed that has it all.
Good egg layers? Excellent
Enough meat on their bones? Definitely
Gentle and friendly? Yes they are
Cold weather hardy? One of the best
Pleasing to the eye? Every bit of breathtakingly gorgeous
Of course, every one of these characteristics are more important than the next. Sometimes all I care about is the stunningly beautiful plumage, but to be able to have the best of both worlds as far as production (eggs & meat), plus the added bonus of being able to show my love and affection to these sweethearts? They are so tolerant that they will fall asleep on my knees while I watch TV.
It took me years before I finally purchased my own flock. This is because I was looking to get a specific mix all at the same time; Blue Laced Reds, Golden Laced, and Silver Laced. My patience has payed off, because now I'm watching my beautiful birds grow and develop.
I recommend this breed to everyone!