I started in chickens last year, and I LOVE them. I love the eggs and I love the meat and I just love hanging out with them!! I have tried a lot of breeds and I am narrowing it down to some of my favorites. I am trying some more breeds this year based on what I learned last year. (Such as: I don't like crests, I don't like black eyes- they creep me out, and I like the general shape of meaty DP breeds as apposed to the little leghorn types.) I have culled/ will cull everything except the Sussex from last year's breeds. So this year, in addition to my beloved Sussex, I am getting Dorkings, Cuckoo Marans, Delawares, Barred Holland, Minorcas, Welsummers, Ameraucanas, and Silver Pencilled Rocks. I'm hoping to settle on "my main breed" this year. That will be the breed that I keep roosters from and breed regularly for replacements and meat. I think I'm only keeping the pullets from the Welsummers and the Ameraucanas for their unique contributions to the egg basket, and probably only the pullets from the minorcas, too, because of slow growth rates and little meat. (I still have to see how the eyes are for the Minorcas in person. My silver Campine looks possessed with her beady litttle black eyes, so all the Minorcas will go if they are as creepy-- they remind me of Ford in Stargate Atlantis after he is infected with Alien blood!) I'd love to hear advice on which of these are most appropriate for meat. I know Dorkings grow slowly, but they are supposed to be nice and meaty (eventually) and they forage well. I'm getting the Marans and more Sussex from Steve of S and S Poultry, the Rocks from Wynette, the Dels and Ameraucanas from Whitmore, and the Dorkings, Hollands and Minorcas from Sand Hill. Any and all comments welcome. Thanks!!!