I am still trying to figure out which breed is going to work for us here in SC. It gets hellish hot and humid in the summer here and so far the breeds I have had have been lovely except with how they cope with the heat! We want a chicken that can be a good layer as well as good eating for the extra roos. Ideally we would like to be part of 'helping' one of the breeds that is endangered. I also want a breed that is friendly and is generally non aggressive as we have small kids. Some of the breeds I am thinking of: Salmon Faverolles, Delawares, Australorps, Brahma (haven't heard great things about their laying abilities though...) We have had: Large cochins, Buff Orps, Welsummers, Speckled sussex. All of these are really nice but (except for the wellie who will be facing her first summer here) really don't cope with the heat well at all. The wellie roos are pretty slim pickin's for eating though and the Speckled Sussex are pretty tough to pluck. Otherwise I really like these breeds. Just want one that is not such high maintenance in this climate.