I'm thinking of the following breeds for my next flock: Dominiques - because they are supposed to be excellent foragers, hearty, will go broody and raise chicks and they are a heritage breed Australorp - great layers, gentle, will go broody and raise chicks, We live in the midwest and have harsh winters sometimes. I have mostly sex link hens and find they are not what they are cracked up to be. Mine do not lay an egg a day nor do they forage very well nor will they ever be able to rear their own chicks. I want a more self-sustaining flock. Is there a breed that is a better forager than the Dominiques? What do you think of my choices? I'm worried about spending more on feeding and getting even less eggs.