Hello from little Ol’ Rhody! Ok, so I think after hanging out on this page for a few weeks I am finally ready to ask for help for starting my chicken adventures! My partner and I are looking to go off the grid and self sustaining as much as possible, as well ready supply nearly 90% of our own fruits and veggies (**** fruit tree’s still aren’t their yet) but this means three things when it comes to chickens. We need birds good for meat, eggs, and breeding to keep up with everything. On average we eat 3-4 chickens a week (We make our own dog food and this also insures we know where their meat comes from) With this said/though of 1) What are some good breeds? I’ve read Jerseys. RiR, and Rocks are great for multi tasking birds. Opinions? 2) Should we separate all three, our breeder/brooders, egg layers, and meat birds. Or should we just keep our egg/brooders separate from our meat birds? Where do you think is best to buy birds, I’ve been looking at Meyers. Also is it safe to put Guinea’s with our brooders until they set our land as ‘home’. We live in deer tick central and really looking to curb that as well as the watch dog aspect. Thoughts? Opinions?