So over on the Henderson's Chart... http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html for any who don't know It shows all sorts of great info. Breed pics, types, info on egg size, color, number, even opinions on disposition. But, I want to know WHY? Obviously RIRs are considered good layers because they produce nice eggs in good numbers. That's easy. But why are they considered Duel Purpose while Ameraucana (for instance) are not, only layer? They mention eggs size and number, but well Polish for instance can hit the '4 egg mark' and yet are not considered layers while Lamona which hits the 2 mark is considered a duel purpose, thus including good layer in the title? What is the difference between Layer Only, Duel Purpose, Game, Bantam? How do they determine these things? Is it based on the amount of meat a bird puts on? Flavor (are some just FUNKY?)? Texture (some stringy = bad)? Why are bantams considered a whole different type? Obviously they're little, but does that mean you cannot eat them or their eggs? If it's based on FCR seems like the little ones would do better than the big guys, but I don't know. Yes, I realize I have a horrid habit of overthinking things, but darned if this isn't just bugging me no end. So, we get to MY QUESTION FOR YOU!! For folks who've had these breeds, do you agree with how Henderson Typed them? Disagree? If so how would YOU (an experienced person) have typed them instead, and why? Appreciate any info. Breeds Listed As LAYER: Ameraucana, Ancona, Andalusian, Appenzeller, Araucana, Buttercup, Campine, Catalana, Fayoumi, Hamburg, Lakenvelder, Leghorn, Marans, Minorca, Penedesenca, Redcap/Derbyshire, Spanish White Face/Ear/Clownface, Breeds Listed As DUEL PURPOSE: Australorp, Barnevelder, Braluna*, Buckeye, Chantecler, Delaware, Dominique, Dorking, Faverolles, Holland, Houdan, Java, Jersey Giant*, La Fleche, Lamona, Langshan*, New Hampshire Red, Orpington*, Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island Red, Sussex, Welsummer, Wyandotte Breeds Listed As GAME: Aseel, Cubalaya, Malay, Modern/English Game, Old English, Sumatra Breeds Listed As BANTAM: D'Anver, D'Uccle, Booted/Sabelpoot, Dutch, Japanese, Rosecomb, Sebright Breeds Listed As FANCY: Cochin, Crevecoeur, Turken, Orloff, Phoenix, Polish, Silkie+, Sultan, Yokohama Breeds Listed As MEAT: Cornish *Says 'formerly meat' now why is THAT? Has the whole breed changed to where they aren't good for meat anymore? Or has the standard that determines what qualifies as a decent meat chicken changed to the point where Bralunas no longer qualify? Kinda like Pluto no longer being a planet? Or has the breed changed so much in egg laying that now they have to also be considered a good layer, or is it just that the standard for a 'good layer' has been lowered? Or is it based on FCR? Very confusing!! +Silkie didn't actually list a type, just went on and on about appearance, so I'm guessing Fancy, feel free to correct!!!