Over the past couple years we have been kinda experimenting with different kind of chickens. We have had our barred rocks for almost 3 years and still have some from that batch. This year we just got rhode island reds. From what we've seen, our barred rocks we've had for years have not disappointed us with an egg supply, while our dozen reds have never given us the amount they should have. The barred rocks seem to have a better personality which is actually why we've kept them this long..(we raised them mainly for meat) Both batches/breeds had the same amount of attention but the reds seem to be a more grumpy breed. It's been kinda interesting comparing the two and for future reference I will get the barred rocks instead. I would also recommend this to my friends and all of you!