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.
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