I think that the Orpington breed would work best for where I am and what I am looking for in my chickens. That said I could certainly be guided to another similar breed if they meet my requirements. I chose the Orpington because they are cold hardy and will lay all winter (hello 6ish months of winter). Among the other dual purpose breeds these are said to be the most cold resistant. I can have roosters in the town I will be in so I plan to replace stock from my own hens.