I have a small flock of 13... well, 14 if you include Curly Sue the house chicken...of RIRs and Barred Rock. My rooster is a RIR, but he is going away soon. He has attacked me and my husband and we've decided not to keep him. I also would like to replace a few of my smaller RIR's and maybe one or two of my Barred Rocks. My primary criteria are: Must be dual purpose birds and must be somewhat broody. Neither of the RIRs or Barred Rocks are broody at all and I would like to raise some baby chicks. I will need a replacement rooster, but not another RIR. I have heard that Barred Rock Roosters are mean and I don't want another mean rooster (we have gone through three RIR roosters who were mean), so temperament is important. I love the Speckled Sussex, but know nothing about them as far as temperament or breeding. Would they be a good choice in a mixed flock? What would be my best choice for my replacement hens? Speckled Sussex again or something else? I am in Aiken, SC, so cold hardy is not as important. So...looking for advice from all you chicken experts out there.