My family and I are new to chickens. We figured we'd get eggs, fertilizer, and eventually meat when production fell off and we introduced fresh stock. Now it has become obvious that this entire flock will get to die of old age! They are pets with names and individual personalities who are giving the family dog a run for her money! It is hard to compete with a pet that is beautiful, runs to you, jumps in your lap if you sit, has an entire vocabulary of different sound for communicating, and dutifully provides the foundation for breakfast and a host of other goodies almost every day. We have to start another flock as a "production" flock. I'm looking for a dual purpose, brown egg layer, that isn't so darned endearing! Surely there are some good, meaty, prolific layers out there that are naturally aloof and suspicious of people. It would be great if they were mean and ugly too! We've taken a vow to not make pets of the next flock, it would help if they do their part. I welcome your thoughts on the subject.