I am trying to establish a sustainable flock of Buff Orpingtons for meat and eggs. Last spring i obtained 30 chicks, straight run, from a local private hatcher, the only one i could find within an hour of my farm. He had several roos and about 25 hens in the same pen, so I don't know how related these chicks were. I now don't believe he ever grew out his birds as several have a dark feather in their tails, one has white flight feathers, and one of the hens even has a bit of feathering on her feet (she will not be bred). But they are great egg-a-day layers of good size and the roosters are good to their ladies. My flock consists of 2 roos and 12 pullets from this original flock plus one additional rooster that may or may not be part of the parent flock from which my chickens came. Only this fall did I realize that I did not know enough about breeding a sustainable flock. I have done some serious reading and have decided to follow the clan mating system as outlined here: http://www.themodernhomestead.us/article/Clan+Mating.html. However, one of my three roosters has a fault, a wry tail, which I didn't know was a fault when chose him. There are not any more Buff Orpington roos available anywhere near me or I would cull him. I am not breeding for show, but would like to breed the best quality I can. Is it any harder to breed wry tail out of a flock than it is to breed out dark or white feathers? At almost 60 years old, I'd hate to set my project back even one year while waiting on the perfect foundation stock.