Originally Posted by Mini Meat
Yes!!! I believe that management style plays a huge roll in success but... you have choices... adapt your style/needs to the breed(s) you have chosen OR choose a breed to fit your style/needs and select for attributes that adapt your flock closer to what can/will do for them. I am working 'tword the latter.
That's what I did and I think it's the easier choice in many ways...a breed that fits your goals, climate and flock keeping methods is so less stressful and enjoyable than trying to reinvent the wheel from a square block of wood. Quite a bit of carving to be done in that case and it can wear a person out...and it's wearing to even watch it from the forum. One wants to reach through the computer and shake a person as they lament their choices for years and say, "Well....choose another breed!!!".
I chose the Plymouth White Rock for many reasons, all fine qualities, but first and foremost my goal was to have a true dual purpose bird...a breed that lays very well and also grows much meat. As people tamper with the respective dual purpose breeds I often feel like the true dual purpose becomes lost to either one side or the other, so having a breed that manages to keep both in exceptionally good balance is very important to me. I'm too old and too laid back to want the challenge of reinventing the wheel or righting the wrongs of a breed that has slipped too far one way or the other on the dual purpose scale.