Hi everyone, Im new to forum. Its that time of year when the hatchery catalogues come in the mail and a lot of people are getting ready to place their orders for chicks this spring. I know that I am in this particular situation as well. We currently have mostly Plymouth Rocks but Im looking for something different and I cant seem to decide between Jersey Giant or Buckeye. I just wanted to know what some peoples opinions are on these two breed. Like how do they do free ranging? All of our chickens allowed to take care of themselves during the spring summer and fall months (Of corse we do supply them with feed and water even though the much prefer to scratch up their own). I would like a chicken that is a good forager and is pretty good at avoiding predators. As far as I know we don't have a bad coyote problem but hawks have come in a take a few of our chickens a time or two. Are the roosters of either of these breeds aggressive? I would like to keep back a roo as our last one was pretty aggressive towards our hens and us so a friendly roo is a must. Any other info on these two breeds would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to name other breeds if any body has other opinions on a different breed that would fit the bill. I wold like to stick to American heritage chickens since preserving those seems to interest me most. Sorry for the lengthy post.