Dual purpose chickens are a great addition to any flock.  A dual purpose breed is one that lays eggs consistently as well as being a breed that can be a meat provider.  Dual purpose breeds are commonly a heavy breed, and are hardy as well. Here are some excellent dual purpose chicken breeds.
Barred Plymouth Rock chickens are known for their excellent production of brown eggs, and having a meaty body.  They are a docile and hardy breed.mh blog BLAF BUOF collage
Black Australorp chickens are a very hardy breed, and can lay eggs in various different temperature conditions.  They mature quickly, and are a more quiet breed.
Speckled Sussex are a heavy breed that were developed over a century ago to be good egg layers, and a more heavy breed.  They are excellent foragers, and great for free ranging environments.BAR SLW MH
Silver Laced Wyandottes are a very beautiful, hardy breed.  They are docile and have deep, wide bodies, as well as excellent egg production.
Buff Orpingtons are known for their sweet disposition, and excellent egg production.  They are a cold hardy, heavy breed.
If you have any questions about dual purpose chicken breeds, or any other chicken questions, be sure to Chicken Chat with us on the Meyer Hatchery website.
Happy Chickening!