Hi! What do you think are the prettiest, heritage, or non-hybrid standard-sized birds that are good, dual-purpose large egg layers/ meat with nice feathers? We're looking for breeds that are not too high maintenance to keep (we do supervised foraging), or, are huge food guzzlers like Giants. We also have hot CA. summers with cold winters. I make Edwardian styled hats and would love to have some lovely feathers to put on them. We currently have Production RIR for eggs. Although mutts, we think they are pretty, friendly birds that lay well… but we notice that they have no egg color uniformity- our eggs colors range from dark tan- pink- light beige to even speckled, ex-large to small. Part of the hybrid breeding I think. However, they all did well during 114 degree days this summer. Some of their feathers can be brittle, or, oddly colored, so most of their feathers are not the best for hats. Heritage RIR are extremely lovely, but we read that due to their much larger size, comparatively speaking, they eat much more than P RIR, but produce tremendously less eggs in a year, overall, so not our first choice for that reason. Welsummers are so gorgeous, but are a smaller bird with a small egg. Cream legbars, Golden Campine, Golden penciled Hamburgs, Phoenix I think may be small too, with small eggs, but please correct if wrong. Was considering possibly(?) Copper Marans, or, Gold laced or Blue red Wyandottes? Speckled Sussex, or Australorps? Any other ideas? Buff Orpintons are so pretty, but probably wouldn't do so well in our wide range of temp. extremes. We do have a nice looking partridge cochin, but it's taking him forever to mature, and are hoping not to find birds who take a year to mature. Single combs preferred. Thank for you thoughts! Photos much appreciated too.