I am rethinking my chicken plan... now that I know a bit more and have a little experience under my belt. I really would like good dual purpose birds... perhaps one that is a little better layer and one that is a little better meat bird. I am intrigued by the Buckeyes... they are a threatened breed and supposedly a good dual purpose--- does very well free ranging, friendly, non-aggressive... similar to RIR's which I love... but they can be aggressive---especially roos... So I thought I'd ask BYCers if you could only have 3 breeds which ones would you absoilutely have to have... and why... THANKS! PS--- if the powers that be feel this is not the right place to post this --- by all means put it where it belongs!