Hi! My boyfriend and I are about to order some chickens from Meyer Hatchery. I believe he is getting a few eggs and a few chicks of the leghorn and barred rock breeds. A well as a few Jersey Giant chicks. He is raising his with the end goal being food, but will continuously hatch these breeds as needed. I would like a few pet bantams that would be kept in the same coop as a few of these other breeds. I've heard many good things about mixing bantams with larger breeds when raised together, but I've also heard that larger breeds have less problems with hens and with "normal" looking breeds. And the bantams are all straight run, so I'm not guaranteed hens only. I reeally wanted to raise mine from eggs, but they only sell assorted bantam breeds when you buy eggs, so I wouldn't even be guaranteed a certain breed. Am I better off getting the hatched chickens of a certain breed? I like the easter eggers and the welsummer. But I'm also fond of the silkies, cochins, and belgian bearded. However I'm worried that they might be more likely to be targeted because of their feathers. Any advice?