Light brahmas... way to go. Large birds, good eating, good layers, and the hens are supposed to be good mothers. Of course, with the cold, I don't let them set their own eggs anymore because there's too much of a chance they'll get cold. Same with the buff orpingtons... our Buffy is a beautiful big girl, and lays quite consistently.
Since hubby posted, I've added 6 chicks to the layers this year, and a bunch of Cornish x Rocks. We're going to be specializing in Silver Grey Dorkings and Light Brahmas (for the reasons above), silkies, and Mille Fleur D'Uccles. Oh, and quail.
Oh, and he survived the reindeer-run... look for a 6' penguin in the videos on you-tube...
- Chick Magnet