I really want chickens i can reproduce myself, i don't want to have to keep rebuying my chickens. It needs to be a hardy breed, i live in Ohio if that helps. Some chickens i thought could be good are: Sussexs, Jersey Giants (yes i know they're VERY slow maturing) and Buff Orpington. Any other ideas? Note: Please don't tell me to do CornishX i really don't want any hybrid birds, i've just heard terrible things about them with health/joint issues. Also no Freedom Rangers, seen lots of people state the size of the birds varries too much for my liking. Basic Question: How many times do you slaughter? Once for the whole year? Twice? And on average how many do you kill.. I'm just trying to figure out of many chickens i might need... Thanks!!!