I have had Rhode Island Reds (Aggressive), Leghorns (Flighty), Bantams (Tiny), and a few other breeds but when I bought Buff Orpingtons I was amazed at how calm they were. The roosters had no longs spurrs on their legs and they were much more docile than the Reds. We got rid of our Rhode Island Reds because the roosters kept attacking everyone and they actually hurt us with their sharpe spurs on their legs. My four year old son was repeatedly attacked and even injured so I called a hatchery and asked if there was a calmer breed of chicken that was a good dual purpose bird. The McMurray hatchery staff immediately said that the Buff Orpingtons would be what I'm looking for. Sure enough they were right. The Reds and Leghorns always slowed down on their egg production (and even stopped laying all together during the coldest weather) but these Orpingtons continued to lay all winter long. The Orpington meat tasted much better than the Reds (when killed at four or five months) and the Orpingtons were much more friendly. They would jump on my lap while I was sitting down in the yard and even tolerated some petting. The Orpingtons have more meat than Reds and lay much better all year long. I also like the fact that they go broody because I like to let my chickens breed, set on eggs, and raise their young naturally. The Buff's are also excellent mothers. IS THERE A BETTER BREED OF CHICKEN OTHER THAN BUFF ORPINGTONS?