I started a flock this spring of several breeds. I am planning to order more chicks next spring and was debating on what breed to get. The things I am looking for in my flock are birds that can handle both cold and heat since we get both 100+ and below freezing temps here. I will be selling the eggs so I prefer good layers that lay large size eggs as well as a little color variety. I also prefer dual purpose birds but that is not a requirement (not that I want to eat my layers but I intend to let them hatch their own and will be needing to do something with the extra roosters). Here is what I have in my flock so far: 2 Cuckoo Maran Roosters 1 Easter Egger Rooster 4 Easter Egger Hens 2 Black Australorp Hens 4 Barred Rock Hens 4 Delaware Hens 4 Buff Orpington Hens I originally ordered 4 of each breed, but lost two Australorp along the way and ended up with all rooster marans instead of hens so I sold two of them to a co-worker. And my EE rooster was my "mystery chick". I plan to order 15-20 more birds in the spring and would like some input on what your favorite breed for these considerations are.