Hi all, I am new to Back Yard Chickens. Just like all newbies I've been researching coops, runs, feed, eggs, chickens. Everything Chicken related basically. I thought I wanted dual purpose chickens. But in my research I think I've found that no one chicken breed is truly good at both meat production & egg production. Even the birds known as dual purpose. If you want a chicken for eggs then by the time you get a fair # of eggs from said Hen, she's no longer tasty to eat! Or if you slaughter her before she gets tough & stringy, then she's not met her maximum potential for egg yield! Is there a way to have the best of both worlds? Is there a magical hen out there laying eggs & then tender & juicy when she's done laying? Probably not. Is there a hen out there that lays enough eggs early on before she gets too tough? I'm thinking I'm going to have to have a flock of two different breeds. The High yield egg producers & the tender juicy meat producers. So far my list of potentials is quite long & the research exasperating. I would also like to keep a few hens to raise more of both egg layers & meat production. Although that dream seams like just that, a dream. So far the breeds I'm looking at are Jersey Giant, Orpington, Plymouth Rock, Langshan, Sussex, Australorp, Delaware, Wyandotte, Rhode Island Red, Faverolle & Dominique. Maybe I'll just buy a few off all of them & see what happens. Just have a bunch of back yard mutts running around next spring. Got any wisdom or experience, feel free to tell me about it. Hope everyone is having a clucking good day.