What are your favorite breeds for a self-sustaining, multi-purpose flock? Mandatory Qualities: Enough meat to make good meat birds Enough eggs to make good egg layers Enough broody tendency to raise their own young, but not so much they don't lay well too Would-Be-Nice Qualities (in order of importance): Gentle and easy to handle Cool-looking eggs Pretty (lol) Produce twice as many hens as roosters (ha! As long as we're dreaming, right...? Not that this matters nearly as much in a multi-purpose flock, since roosters become dinner...) All joking aside, currently I have a mixed flock of silkies and various egg-laying breeds that I purchased. But I'm thinking about starting a new flock and seeing if we can make our egg & meat production self-sustaining. Post your breed suggestions here. Pics are awesome too. Of course. Always.