Thanks for understanding my reply to your post with your kind response.
Our heritage, pure bred Barred Rocks (ringlet line) are taking virtually an eternity. Now, at 16 weeks, the cockerels are taking off, but the pullets are still lagging. Slow growth is simply a feature of these old lines. My goodness, they took 9 weeks just to feather out. I don't expect POL until 7 months, if then. The cockerels are HUGE and will make nice meat birds. No experience, YET, processing one to give you any feedback. I'll let you know in March. LOL
True bred, true heritage Delawares are arguably extinct, or virtually so. There are some folks working hard to re-create them. We're all wishing them success. Again, there is some debate, but some wise chicken folks believe that most, if not all, the original genes were lost. Pity that. The Delaware of 1945-55? Gosh, wouldn't you just love to have some.
Buckeyes. How can you go wrong? But again, slow, slow, slow. Eggs only OK. White Rocks? True bred to their original DP capabilities? LOVE to have some. I will scale walls to get some next spring. The WR would be my first choice, since I will wait awhile on the Delaware work to progress.
So, there you have it. Since you specifically asked, those would be MY personal choices, but there are many, many more. Big old RIR heritage, Mohawk type, perhaps. True New Hampshire, also questionable as to any really still exist. The German NH is also out there. Great choice, too.
Well, that's enough.