Expanding flock what breed works well
Based on your criteria, I would suggest Black Sex Links (Black Stars), which are very cold hardy and friendly, egg laying machines. I've raised them for years (along with dozens of other breeds and hybrids), and they have been my best layers, consistently churning out more than 300 large brown eggs per hen per year with double yolks not being uncommon. I have especially been impressed by their persistence in laying in really cold winter weather and they almost never go broody.
Edited by Michael OShay - 11/16/15 at 9:34am