Originally Posted by Jeff18930
Hello from upper Bucks County, PA. Just returned to the "country" from the sprawl of Washington D.C. and am eager to start raising chickens again. In the past, we kept brown egg pullets (I believe White Rock x Road Island Red) from Moyer's with great success. This time around, we want to keep something more dual purpose, raising some meat birds, and trying our hand at breeding.
Would appreciate a PM from anyone local-ish that could help us get re-started. In addition to finding a good dual-purpose breed, we're also looking for some hands-on training in the butchering department.
I'm not from your area, but I really like my Jersey Giant. I keep her just for eggs (you can't eat anyone you've named), but they are not called giants for nothing...hence, a good dual purpose bird. I've also just learned that they are not as prone to broody-ness as, for example, Buff Orps. The BO is also a good, reliable layer (when she's not brooding) and is also a good sized bird. If you are at all concerned about cold-hardiness, the Wyandottes are good, (smaller combs), though not quite as productive, at least by comparison to the Giant and Orp. For personality, my Giant can't be beat, followed by the BO, then the Wyandottes (who are either bossy or aloof.) Hope you find this useful!