To start off I recently lost both my sex links to similar egg laying problems. I loved them both very much and it is really sad for me becuase they were both only 3 years old. It probably makes a diffrence that all my chickens are hatchery birds but I hear that sex links are especialy prone to egg laying problems. I love the sex link attitude and personality but I have found them much too short lived and fragile for someone who gets so deeply atached to their birds. So my question is-What is a breed of chicken that has a lot a character and is long lived and hardy?