As a follow up to this, our current plan is to start with 4 chickens and see how that goes. We plan on getting Barred Rock, Buff Orpington, Blue Orpington, and a Light Brahma.
My question is this, if we like one breed over the other, but still want to keep the original 4 birds, get a rooster if I got a Light Brahma rooster then all of the eggs from the non light would be mixed and the eggs from the Light Brahma hen would/should be light brahma's correct?
My thought is getting a straight run of blue orps next year and culling the roos we don't want so that we have mostly Orps in the flock. So the Buff and Blue hens would still breed orpingtons if I'm thinking correctly. Then we would still have "mutt" chicks from the Barred and Brahma, right?
Sorry to be so confusing, just trying to think all of this through for sustainability and future.