I want a bird that is going to lay eggs number one, but I also like to eat chickens and I was planning on feeding my dogs on a raw diet based on chicken so I want an animal that serves both purposes well. I know that the australorps are the better layers, but how do they do as a meat bird? Do the orpingtons compare as a layer to the australorps? I'm looking for a happy medium. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!