Which breed suits your situation? ?
After thousands of years of crossbreeding, there is a breed or type out there to suit everybody’s taste.
There are the heritage breeds for variety, differing egg colours, beautiful featherings and colours, especially as a project for the fancier keen on developing a particular colour, or who has a passion for showing. Some breeds can be dual purpose and produce good quantities of eggs and meat, although never quite as good as a bird bred for one or the other.
The commercially developed strains for either egg production or meat production can be obtained from the commercial hatcheries in both North and South Island for the person looking for economic home production of meat and eggs from their birds. Lastly, there is the barnyard special. These are often pretty to look at, come in a range of sizes and colours, are good gardeners, reasonable layers in season (although will often have a tendency to go broody frequently) and will reproduce in technicolour varieties.