I live in a place where it is COLD in the winter, with lots of snow on the ground and HOT in the summer- heat waves with the whole nine yards. I want a good, dual purpose chicken. I want to be able to have the home grown eggs that I have grown up with and I also want to know where my chicken has come from and what it's eaten. I'm sick of the poor, hormone injected and cruelly treated and executed chicken we get at the store. I want to know the chicken I'm eating has had a good life and know that I've executed it quickly and with as little pain as possible since it has provided me with eggs and now with meat so I do not starve. I am a pagan and believe in treating all living beings with respect and that everything has a purpose in life; some animals to simply be pets and give comfort and love and others to help sustain the life of all living creatures. Mother Nature has put them here for a reason, but I know She never meant for us to kill them and treat them with utter contempt and disrespect. Now that I'm done with my rant of reasoning... Onward. I have been looking at the Faverolle chickens and the Russian Orlof chickens and cannot seem to decide. I have found mixed reviews about the Faverolle, some saying they're excellent as a dual purpose chicken and others saying they give too small of eggs and are only good for meat. Plus, they're loud, however, docile. With the Russian orlofs I have found they seem to be the opposite: good layers and small for meat. I've seen they're questionable for brooding, but docile. I've also found that though they are meatier, they have a thick or tough skin. So, do I get a mixture, or one or the other? I figure, they are both docile so they should be okay together, but I'm not sure. My family has always had the speckled Sussex I believe they are called; we just used them for eggs. I would like five total, four hens and a rooster, just enough for my family. Please give me all the advice you can, I'm all ears!