I really wasnt sure what topic to put this under--if someone thinks it would fit better somewhere else you're welcome to move it... I am raising some Dominiques for the first time that we got fom Ideal, and I noticed that they seem very sexually dimorphic especially noticeable from around 4 weeks on. The pullets look petite, almost like little leghorns, while the males are beefing out and remind me of the dark cornish cockerels we raised in the past for meat. I guess all breeds eventually diverge in form along gender lines, and maybe I've just been developing a keener eye for form and such things, but I've been struck by how early these seem to be diverging and how neatly this seems to suit dual purpose needs (big meat birds, little layers). Anyway, it got me wondering though how one goes about selecting breeders out of such stock. Frugal eggs are our main goal. But I do like the promising meatie qualities of these cockerels. I've read that when selecting for laying, one also selects roosters for similar form as hens to improve/maintain egg production potential in the offspring (ie, the sires also determine the form of the daughters). But what if you want to have your cake but eat it a little too? Can't you select females for the layer qualities you want and males for the meat bird qualities, or will you be working at cross purposes against yourself? the form of these little doms seems to suggest otherwise, but how might one reconcile this? and how would one make their breeding selections in that case?