I'm hoping I can get some input here to help me make a decision. I am looking to build a small flock of a good dual purpose breed. I don't need an extremely rare breed or color, but of course would like something that is 'eye candy' for me and also something that people would typically want to purchase as chicks or pullets. My criteria for the breed of choice is as follows: -Good layers. Don't have to be excellent, but want a decent amount of eggs. -Fairly quick growing so that roos are ready to butcher by 16 weeks. -Temperament good - friendly, docile, calm. -Good free rangers in all kinds of weather - I live in the PNW where it is rainy and wet. -Good potential for hens to go broody and be good mothers. So, the two breeds that I have narrowed it down to are: Sussex and Plymouth Rocks. I like the Speckled Sussex a lot, but have discovered that it's hard to fiind good quality (non-hatchery, large birds) so I would probably primarily get Lights or Buffs, and have a few Speckled just cuz I like them so much. I also LOVE blue birds, so I am definitely planning on getting some Blue Rocks. So I'm thinking I should also get some other color PR's since the Blue's are not quite as big (I believe). Soooo........my questions are: 1) Which of these 2 breeds do you recommend for me with my criteria and why? Or do you strongly recommend some other breed altogether? 2) If I get several varieties (colors) of one of these breeds, but only have one area, so only one roo - will it matter that much to cross-breed the colors together if I'm primarily breeding them for the freezer and for local people to buy for layers? 3) Or crazy idea - what if I have some of both breeds of hens, but only one breed of roo? Same questions as #2? Thanks in advance for any suggestions, opinions, advice, etc. I know everyone has their favorite breeds and will recommend those, but I would like to be convinced on why one is better than the other for me.