Last year when we bought our day old chicks, they cost about $1.15 each. This year, the same place wants $2.50 per day old. Has the price in general gone up for chickens? We were going to buy some white rock cornish cross birds for meat for starters, let them reach the weight they need to be, than have them processed, than buy some more day olds of what we got last year. I have found another place that sells the white rocks cheaper(like what we paid last year), but now I need to find a good hearty breed that will be dual purpose, but will do as well as the type we bought last year, for the second batch of birds for this year. Any suggestions for a breed that is dual purpose, have a good meat flavor, is generally a friendlier breed etc, that will endure our Ontario climate??