Alright, so I am new to all of this. We have recently bought an old, small farm (11 acres, enough to really get me in trouble) and I have been researching on what type of chickens to start with. I swear, the more I read from all of the great posts on here, the more confused I get. I know, you ask anyone that's not addicted to chickens like everyone here, and they will say a chicken is a chicken. Well, I have found out real quick that even though it lays an egg, it has feathers, and it tastes like chicken does not mean all chickens are created equal. Who would have thunk it years ago when I was a small child helping grandpa with the chickens, that there would be so many differences today. So, what I am looking for right now is advice on what KIND of chicken to start with. I am looking for something that is going to be a good, solid, large egg producer, as well as a good meat bird. I will keep probably around 25 hens that are going to become part of the family, but the rest I would like to be able to have a good tasting dinner with. I went to Meyers hatchery website last night, and saw that they have many dual purpose birds available. So, then, how do I decide? Do I just close my eyes an see which one I point to? Or can all of you out here that have your addictions under control please help lead me in the right direction. I appreciate any help you all can provide. P.S. I don't even have any yet, but I am already addicted. And the bigger problem is that I am addicted with plenty of room to have all I want. Someone please help!