Is there a chart or guideline on what breeds tend to be the most feed efficient when it comes to egg production? I have Buff Orps, EE's, and one Speckled Sussex left in my flock of hens after an outbreak of coccidiosis, and I'm looking at getting some more chicks in the spring. My friend saw some Silver Laced Wyandottes at a fair, and the guy who raises them was bragging about how feed-efficient they were. They are a "dual purpose" bird, and as such I figured they would be similar in feed consumption to Buffs and Sussex, not sure about the EE's as they are a smaller bird. But am I wrong on that assumption? Are there significant differences in feed efficiency between different breeds of "dual purpose" birds? My intent (and my friend's) is to have egg layers that may end up being eaten down the road, for sustainability purposes. To have a source of eggs and "possibly down the road" meat. Obviously the economy is nuts, and in the spirit of self-sufficiency, we went with dual purpose birds for that reason. And with the economy and long-term sustainability being concerns, it would make sense to also get the most feed-efficient birds that meet our other goals (dual purpose). What say you fine chicken folks? THANKS!