I look to you, my fellow BYC'ers in this time of need! We have decided to cull out our red layers due to our inability to figure out what is wrong with them that is not affecting our EE's (they're from a large hatchery and we have already lost 2, one to internal laying the other just keeled over one day for no apparent reason) and the rest are in a poor state, and nothing seems to be helping with their condition or their egg laying (this has been ongoing for about 6 months now, so it's time to throw in the rag and start over). We will be keeping our 5 Easter Eggers who are apparently very healthy ladies over the winter, and won't be able to pick up any more hens until May. We will be ordering from PerformancePoultry (www.performancepoultry.com) as I am very happy with the healthy of his birds and the availability of breeds. If you guys could look on the website under Poultry and give me suggestions based on what he has, please do! My specifications would be... Good brooders Hardy (We're in coldcoldcold Ontario!) Brown eggs Large to extra large eggs Obviously I'm looking at a large breed, and will be getting a rooster for them as well so we can hatch out our own babes eventually. I am partial to the Jersey Giants and Chanteclers, thoughts? Does anyone have crosses of these with EE hens? My EEs would be in the same coop as this rooster.