OK, so it really hasn't been a long winter, but I found myself perusing the Murray McMurray Hatchery site today. I am down to seven 3-year old hens right now. They, of course, are taking their sabbatical and I haven't gotten any eggs since November. (Thankfully I have a coworker who also has chickens so I can buy eggs from her.) Anyway, I'm dreaming of fuzzy little chicks. My self-sustaining flock plans haven't panned out too well since I didn't have any broodies at all this year. Then my rooster died this fall. So, it's time to start over. I'm thinking heavy breed, brown egg layers. I haven't decided if I just want the Brown Egg Layer special, or if I want to get a straight run batch. I live on a farm, and we eat extra roosters, so that won't be a problem. I'm just a little concerned about not getting "enough" hens, but not even sure what "enough" is at this point. We eat eggs, I give eggs to my family and sell to friends on occasion. It's certainly not a money-making venture for me. Just a fun hobby. I for sure want another Welsummer hen or two. I LOVE those eggs! Maybe a couple of blue egg layers, too. Beyond that, I have no idea. Just that I want them to be somewhat meaty when it comes time to butcher. (I'm down to my last jar of canned chicken.) What are your favorite breeds? For those of you who have Rocks of any color, how are they for meat? I know they won't dress out like a meat bird, but I would like a little meat on their bones. Other than the Welsummer, I don't think I have a preference.