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What kind of chickens should I get?

By: Catie Leary on Sept. 10, 2011, 8:33 a.m.
Faverolles in its coop.

Photo: Comaniciu Dan/Shutterstock

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Dual-purpose breeds

Some chicken farmers don't want to skimping on either number of eggs or quality of meat.

Any hen is capable of laying eggs or providing meat, but several breeds are a cut above the rest in terms of being exceptional sources for both types of protein. These chickens are called dual-purpose breeds.

Faverolles (like the one pictured) fall into that category. Originating in France, this breed is not only a great dual-purpose breed, but also a docile companion with beautiful plumage. Other breeds like Orpingtons, Wyandottes and Australorps are also excellent candidates for this category.