Hi! We have 10 reds, 6 Delawares and 3 bantam cochin/frizzle mixes (1 Cochin is a rooster). Okay...technically, the bantams are at least half brother/sister. They have the same roo father and we got them all together as chicks. Is it okay to breed them or should I give the roo away and find another bantam for those ladies? They love each other dearly. I would hate to separate them, but...inbreeding?! Is this an issue in chickens? Secondly, we want to get a rooster for our 'big' hens, but is it important to try to keep the lines pure or do people like and appreciate mixed breed chickens? I know it is good for genetics, but... And if we do get a rooster of a different breed than the Delaware or reds, what suggestions would be good for meat/egg birds? It is December...should we wait until Spring to get a roo for them or is anytime good? The reds are 2 1/2 and the Delawares are not yet a year. But we would love to keep the reds going before it is...too late. Wisdom, please!