The more breeds you have the harder it gets to manage them if you want to keep a somewhat closed flock to breed from and develop your own good utility strains and become somewhat self sufficient, especially if you are limited on space. So If you wanted 1. Good amount of eggs per chicken 2. Half decent meat supply (say atleast one chicken per week at a minimum of 4lb per chicken - so chickens should be 4lb by about 16 weeks to achieve this) 3. Half decent broodies to do all the work for you (no incubator headache) 4. Lowest possible feed cost, especially for the egg layers 5. Strong, hardy disease resistant birds. but you could only keep 2 breeds of chickens along with the 1st generation crosses from these 2 breeds which 2 breeds would you choose? This is a very real situation for me, and I know I could do all the above with 3 breeds, but I want to try and limit it to 2 breeds, so any thoughts and ideas to help me out? My current thinking is to keep RIR and Light Sussex becasue 1. The cross will give me great red sex link layers 2. Half decent meat supply from both pure breds as well as crosses 3. Light sussex do go broody but not enough I think - this is where the biggest problem lies with these 2 choices, not enough broodies to keep hatching more chicks to grow on for the table. 4. Dual purpose will eat quite a lot for the amount for eggs layed but the RSL crosses will be worth it. 5. You don't get much hardier and disease resistant than LS and RIR.