Mother Earth News conducted a survey of poultry breeders to assess their experiences with regard to various characteristics. Editor Troy Greipentrog contacted me for information, which is now posted on the web site, http://tinyurl.com/ylg4q3m. His article, Best Chicken Breeds for Backyard Flocks, appears in the April/May 2010 issue. He cites Orpingtons, such as these of Michelle Conrad, as good dual purpose birds: layers of large brown eggs, good meat and with a calm disposition. What more could you ask for?
Thanks for reaching out, Troy, to publicize reliable information on traditional breeds.