So I haven't gotten my chicks yet (Feb!), but we plan on getting 4 Orps or 2 Australorps and 2 Orps. We want decent layers that are good with kids (two very young ones) and we like the looks of both of them. I was reading "The Backyard Homestead" the other day and it actually listed Orps and Australorps under "Meat Breeds". I had a 'HUH?' moment I thought, at least, they'd be considered Dual-Purpose birds (which was a category they included), if not layers. Can anyone shed some light on this? I also heard recently that Australorps can get pretty broody...true? If so, we'd probably just get 4 Buff Orps. since we just want the eggs for breakfast. Any input on these 2 issues? Thanks!