We are in the planning stages of moving to our family's property in NW Oklahoma and one of the first homesteading animals we want to start is chickens! I've been obsessing over the BYC website for a few days now and have found so much useful information. I've kind of narrowed down what I *think* I'm looking for but wanted to get some input and validation We are looking for chickens that will be dual purpose, able to handle hot and cold temps as it can get in the low 100s in summer and occasionally below 0 in winter. I'd like for our homestead to be as self-sufficient as possible, so looking for breeds that will reproduce well with broody tendancies. We will be building a coop/run before our home actually gets built (we are putting a mobile home on the property while we build our dream house and want to start our starter animals as soon as we get there). We also want birds that free range well as we have quite a large property. We do have predators (coyote, skunk, hawk, owl, etc) and we will be setting up accordingly for protection. So far I'm very drawn to the Australorp breed, but also would love some variety in our flock. I love the idea of Easter Eggers for the variety in egg colors. And I like the look of the Barred Rock or Dominique. Are these good choices for our climate and needs? What kind of roo should I get with a mixed flock like this? I'm not so concerned about having purebreed chicks, more interested in successful dual purpose birds in successive generations. We don't need a huge egg production (there are only 3 of us living there full time with a college kid that is home on breaks) although I wouldn't mind selling the extras to make some small income off our farm adventure. We do want to raise enough meat birds to be able to provide food for our family. We will also be starting some rabbits for the same purpose for variety in meat. Bigger animals are down the road Also, on the breeding side, if I get an Australorp roo and it mates with the EE hens, will the resulting hatched hens lay the colorful eggs, or will the BA gene cause them to lay brown eggs? Not a big concern, just curious! If anyone has any other tips for chicken raising in NW Ok, I'd love to hear it! Since we are totally new at this, I'll need all the help I can get!