I have been looking at different breeds of chickens to raise on our homestead. My children are also in 4-h so they may show a few too. right now we have our 9 laying hens that we bought right before they started laying se we would have eggs. now we are trying to work on our breeding stock to supply our egg and freezer needs. We are raising several different types of animal all of which we are trying to choose heritage breeds. What we are looking for is two breeds of heritage chickens that are becoming rare. We would like a dual purpose who do well inthe cooler weather andthe heat. We live in the hills in northern California. I want birds that can get broody, lay in the winer also in the summer, gro to a good size for meat we are a family of 8, we would like them to grow in a reasonable amount of time not one that take a long time to fill out but im not looking to butcher at 10 weeks ither just something reasonable. We would like for themtogo full circle, lay eggs, set the eggs, grow the rooseter for meat, and sell what we do not need. I would like your thoughts and give me ideas on what would work for us. Has anyone has sucess with Brahmas or large Cochins for this reason?