HI, I'm new to the backyard chicken world. I have only two EE hens I brought home from the local feed store that are both 20 months old now and going thru their 1st moult. In February, I plan to add to my 'flock' and get a few Ameraucanas, Brahmas, Orpingtons, Lakenvelders, Welsummers and Wyandottes. I read on this site, I think, that, once they go thru their 1st moult, egg production drops dramatically. I don't imagine that I will ever be able to turn any of them into soup once egg production drops, so which breeds in your combined experiences have the longest egg-laying utility? Yeah, btw, I picked these breeds for their egg colors.... And I'm going to get 2 roos: a BO and Cornelius (Welsummer)! I have plenty of room for them: acres of woods, pastures, barn, an established dust bathing area under the front porch of all places, gardens, & protective dogs and cats. I refuse to buy the Chickens for Dummies book......against my religion Thanks!