I am not sure what breed would be best... we plan on having some meat birds but I would like a breed that is good for that as well as hatching chicks so that I don't have to buy replacement birds. So I guess what I would need is a broody meat bird? Not sure.
Best breed for my needs?
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It sounds like what you are wanting is a "dual purpose" breed - they are not as rapidly growing or heavily bodied at processing as a traditional "meat" bird, but this is advantageous when you are wanting to build a self-sustaining flock vs. purchase chicks, raise to process and repeat. I would suggest doing some reading of the threads here http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/248648/meat-section-notable-archives that deal with choosing a meat bird as they have some great information on the various options that will help you to sort out what is a good fit for you.