We have raised Chickens (mixed Flocks) for the past 7 years and Turkeys for about 5 years. This year we have decided on breeding some pure bred chickens so I acquired Blue Lace Red, Columbian Wyandotte and BBS Orpington eggs and incubated them for our breeding stock. Our hatch on the BBS Orpingtons was a little disappointing as we only had 8 hatched out of 22 (shipped eggs). Of the 8 there was only 1 black and that one didnt make it. We now have 4 blues (2 hens 2 roosters) and 3 Splash (2 hens 1 rooster). I also have a Lavender Rooster that I hatched and keeping for a while form a gal that has some Lavender Orpingtons. I am trying to decide how to set up our breeding pens for the Orpingtons for next year. From what I have read I am leaning toward keeping 1 Blue Rooster and mating it to the Blue and Splash hens as I am wanting more of the Blue and Black offspring. Down the road I could set up a pen of just Black X Black and a pen with a Splash Rooster & Black hens for 100% Blues. Im also wondering what the results would be of mating the Lavender rooster with the Blue & Splash hens? If anyone has some suggestions or advise for me I would greatly appreciate it!