Wanting mainly egg layers, I researched the top layers with the other characteristics I desired. Years ago we slaughtered all the extra Roosters we had. Honestly, I am tooooo soft hearted for that... I could not even cook them! Will you have a place to animals you cannot care for?
My main focus was be cold hearty animals, family friendly, with high egg production . I knew I wanted brown or colored eggs. Do you care about cross breeding? Do you have a way to separate hens from Roosters? Do you know how to handle a mean rooster?