I want to raise chicken for both meat and eggs. We eat about 3 doz eggs/week and about 20 whole birds/year plus some bits n pieces. You guys have me thinking I want twelve hens for eggs. Clearly if I want 20 for meat I will need a few more birds. At least. DH's father raised chickens and says I will need two different flocks; that meat birds are messier and smellier. And different breeds. Is there a way to have one flock of birds all together to meet my needs? Can I do that without getting into an ever expanding cycle of chicks? Can I do that and maintain a kid-safe flock? Can I do that and only have to slaughter birds once a year? We eat a lot of eggs, but adding in all the kill birds would I be getting in over my head with eggs?