I'm trying to determine which of these breeds will be the breed that I seek out some good foundation stock of, and take on as my permanent homesteader flock-primarily for eggs, but we'll eat the cockerals too. We'll be relocating to Ontario's near north this year, so a sturdy cold climate bird is important, as well as one that will have some sense to get away from predators and one that is an excellent forager. I'd like to be able to sex the chicks at a young age, and put the cockerals to the freezer by the time they are 3-4 months old, which, if they hatch in spring would mean less work for whoever is hired to care for them while we're on annual vacation in August. I'm *really* attracted to the dominique for these reasons: 1. breed history/breed endangerment 2. ability to sex chicks by leg colour and headspots 3. slightly flighty, so I think they'll avoid predation better 4. roos are known as aggressive and good protectors my concern is that their eggs may not be very big. I have only one dominique right now, and she lays tiny eggs. She hasn't been laying long, and isn't a big bird...so I'm not sure if this is indicative of the breed as a whole. Good egg production is essential for me-its hard to sell small eggs for a good price. I'm not as attracted to the Barred Rock for these reasons 1. inability to sex chicks at day old- some say yes some say no??? 2.not sure if they are flighty enough to avoid predation. Other than that-it seems like the BR would make a better choice for me than the dominiques...suggestions? I've definately noticed the two that I have to be excellent regular producers of large brown eggs.