Okay so this Spring we decided to get chickens. I know I should have checked this site first. We wanted brown eggs, and also meat. I was told by one little lady that had been raising chickens for ever that her best layers were the red sex links she got last year. Well, we had to order those so in the mean time we started with BR and RIR, then a co-worker's grand daughter just had to buy us 4 more of a mix, one turned out to be a RIR, another is what I think is a red sex link and a black chicken with black legs. So far we are getting 8-9 eggs per day from our first round of 10. They all get along just fine. They are 23 weeks old now and I don't seem to ever hear any crowing, which is fine with us! So after all this rambling my biggest question is should we have stuck with one breed?