Originally Posted by Sylvester017
Rescuing battery hens is admirable but be aware that if they had to be rescued, they probably didn't have good care as new layers, and may have health issues you may not have time or resources to bother with. A friend rescued 3 battery Sexlinks in a separate coop and one died promptly, another got eggbound and died in spite of treatment, and another was found ill and dying on the floor of the coop a few weeks later. Although battery breeds are good egg-layers they get spent in high production their first two years of life and not good after that - which is why they are discarded for newer younger birds. @DesertChic
made a good suggestion about NNs if you don't mind their appearance - people who have NNs (even a Farmers Mkt egg-seller I know) say the NNs are their favourite and most NNs have great temperaments. I don't know anything about their dual purpose or economical feed reputation but DesertChic will be a good resource to ask. For myself, I have backyard pets for a few eggs, and rare or pretty purebreds are what I like. I'm done with the larger, heavier, common dual-purpose breeds because of my experience with their more assertive natures - they're great egg-layers/meat birds but in my old age now I like the gentler smaller more docile personalities of some of the less common or rarer breeds.
Another reason I'm really wanting to find a breeder of heritage birds. I know myself and I'm going to want to breed toward standards.
Of course, there is no way i will expect perfection from my flock, I will feel it is my way of giving back to the community and to help provide the same opportunity to someone else, in the future. Maintaining more than one breed will be more than i can handle and I'd rather not focus anything other than broodies at that point.
Of course, let's say 10+ years pass and i find myself successful, i may at that time decide to, "branch out",so to speak. Until such a time, i see no reason to try and overwhelm myself and set myself up for failure. As far as temperament, I will cull heavy and hard, I'm not even sure I will give them 3 strikes, if i have more than one mature cock bird available.