I am wanting to get a sustainable flock of birds and avoid the franken-type of cornish crosses in the future. I did that once and will never do it again. The more I read, the more I can't make a decision. I like the attributes of delawares, favorelles, buckeyes, houdans, etc. What are your favorite birds to raise and eat and why???? I am thinning out my current flock of mixed brown egg layers now and have plenty of room. On the one side I need to stress we have pretty mild stretches in winter with weeks of single digits or worse around here and searing heat and humidity during the summer. I do plan to do some free ranging but mainly will be housed in a gigantic house and run. I have extensive gardens to protect and can't just let them run willy nilly.