We currently have 20 -12 week old Barred Rocks-- The plan is to love the hens and butcher most of the roos. I want about 30 hens and I assume 3-4 roos, so I want to order some 1 day old chicks.
The goal here is multifaceted-- I want great egg layers, friendly birds that will tolerate my 7 young children, and birds that will produce so that we can continue this cycle without buying new chicks all the time AND I would love something beautiful for the children to show and because looking at the chickens is FUN. Meat is ALWAYS welcome-- so that is a plus as well, which is the point in breeding.
The birds have 400 sq foot barn and we are fencing out a side of the yard for them to free range on. We live in Eastern Tenn and we raised our barred rocks in the garage till they feathered out.. (Last time we had chickens we lived in FLorida, so this cold weather stuff is nuts and we didn't keep any roos because of the housing regulations).
What breeds do you love for roos or hens that seem to fit this bill? Should I just get a few the are more expensive and exactly what i want or each or grab a mixed bag special and butcher the ones I don't want?
Thank you for al the opinions