Does anyone know what the best basic all-around breed is? I am looking at Rhode Island Red but if anyone knows of a better breed I would love to know. I live in a cool climate with fairly cold winters. I am looking for a breed that produces a very large number of eggs as well as can be used for meat though this is not as important as the egg production. I am also looking for a self-sufficient flock (not having to buy chicks later), I don't know if this is a factor to consider. Thank you. M.