I wasn't sure which forum this belonged in... but... I need help!! I want to raise chickens for three purposes: eggs, meat, and to sell. I want my main breed to be Buff Orpingtons. They are great egg layers, good meat birds, good mothers, and sell like crazy. I'd like to have some Red Stars as well, thinking just hens for egg laying. So my question is this... is it best to house hens (not sure how many?) with a rooster and let them raise up chicks to sell, keep some for future egg layers, slaughter some, etc. OR would it be best for me to collect the eggs, eat some, and incubate some, and raise the chicks that way. My main concerns with roosters are... I want the egg-layers close to the house so that it's easier to collect the eggs every day. I also do not want a rooster close to the house because I know the crowing will drive me crazy... especially with three little ones. Which is another reason... not sure if they'll be aggresive or what. Any advice would be much appriciated. Thanks!