So, for those who use DP birds, here's my plan and I just wanted a sanity check.
After spending loads of time here reading about CX's, DP's, all the different breeding projects, etc. my head is spinning!
I have 10 chicks coming in August (9 females, 1 roo). All are full size, assorted breeds based very simply on the egg and chicken colors I like best :)
My plan was to simply raise them up for eggs, allow them to breed some each year, and cull the extra roosters and any non-producing hens (who we're not attached to as pets, that's the key, lol) for meat. I found a local farm who will process them for $5/each (spendy, I know, but we just won't do it ourselves).
I'm not out to stock my freezer with a years worth at a time, or selling anything for profit. I just want fresh eggs, garden help, and enough meat for my family's use (we're not big meat eaters to begin with).
Now I'm finding myself obsessing about the breeds I've chosen, thinking I should pick different breeds that are better suited for dual purpose.
So I need a reality check. Anyone else out there keep it really simple? Just pick a selection of chickens they like for eggs and eat the extras?
(I chose the following, but I can still change my order: golden campine, welsummer, cuckoo marans, blue laced red wyandotte, ancona, golden laced wyandotte, barred rock, 2 EE's and an EE roo).
Now I'm wondering if I should switch to a different roo, and get different hens altogether. Like maybe a couple of Jersey Giants, more BR's, some Cornish, more marans, etc.
There's so much different info out there - what's a good basic mixed breed flock to give me a colorful egg basket, good temperaments, pretty birds AND will make (and breed) a nice general purpose meat bird too?
I know, I know, if there was a single answer to that question, everyone would be doing it, right?
But, if I had to choose my "top" 5 breeds for DP use, what would they be?
(PS - for a multitude of reasons, I'm not interested in Cornish X or any other of this type of chicken.)