Okay, I'm all about self sufficiency or as close as I can get to it. I've always been country and the lifestyle just makes sense to me. Hubby on the other hand ---not so much. I'm wanting to add to my daily lifestyle by adding some meat chickens. I'm buying a brooder and wondered if anyone raises their own crosses or if there are strictly meat breeders and egg breeders. I want to do both. So other than killing just the roos, is there a cross that works BEST for dual purposes or should I have a pen that I raise just for meat? I can certainly do both, but if they can all co exist its much less work. Now that I've thoroughly confused all of us....is there a chicken that I can keep to provide eggs/chicks for meat production? I see a lot of talk about the ranger variety, but can I get hens and roos to raise my own? What about the Cornish fowl, they HAVE to have brood stock to get the babies. So what breed to look at? Anyone with direction for me?