I'm trying to decide what kind of chickens I want. We need dual purpose chickens because we will be eating some of them but we also want eggs. They need to be calm because my kids will be playing with them. I've narrowed it down to a few breeds, some common and some rare: Australorp, Buckeye, Delaware, Dorking, Orpington, Plymouth Rock, and Sussex. Thoughts, suggestions, comments? I grew up having chickens but my dad would always have a variety of breeds, and we only ate the eggs, we did not eat the chickens.