I have been reading a book called "start where you are with what you have" ( Ralph Sturgeon). Under his heading "basic how to program" he says " Choose you breeding methods after careful study of several desirable plans you may wish to follow, aware that the approach that most often used successfully is concentration of those individuals that have the most of the best and the least of the worst." ( pg 32) I know that breeding starts with compensation and complimentary matings to eliminate the worse, and select for the best. I have researched and "carefully Studied" several plans that I am trying to decide between. I am wondering how to decide which is best? which will work? are they all as good as the other? So I need your help to access each one. I am sure that they all accomplish different things, but I don't know which are good. I am listing them in the order that I think would work best for me, but what do you think is best? Rolling mating ( 2 pens with old hens and young males in one pen, and pullets and old hens in other) Because It uses old birds, it seems to breed for longvity, Easy, only two pens, birds are either old or young, so less record keeping) ( probably the most inbreeding though) Spiral matings ( 3 pens with 4 females and a male, pullets compared to their mother, and keep the best 4 for next year, compare sons to dad, if better use son, if not uise dad, roatate one pen. Single mating line breeding - Individual pens, where the female stays the same for 3-4 years and mated to her most recent progeny and pens where the male stays the same and mates with most recent daughters, crossing the lines every 3-4 years. So what do you think? What do you see as the pros and cons of each? which should I pick?