I have never owned a chicken, however I have decided to start my own chickens as a way to provide meat and eggs for my family as I fear for the future, but that is another topic. Currently I am building my coop to house 1 rooster and 4 laying hens with another adjacant coop to raise there chicks for meat if need be. I want to select a variety that does both. I am NOT interested in cx birds as they are not sustainble. I want a broody bird that will hatch there own eggs in case there is no electric for an incubator or it breaks and I can't fix it. I keep hearing people that say dont order from a hatchery as there breeds are mostly for egg laying. Can someone with say over 5yrs experience rasing chickens for food tell me whats the one breed they would have if they could only have one breed. And can someone plz tell me where I can get chicks from one of these non hatchery breeders everyone keeps telling me about. I consider it an investment in my familys future so I could handle paying more for a breeder chicks to get started. Again I am in no way interested in CX type chickens. Thanks so much for your input!