We want to harvest some birds for meat next year. What I'm going back and forth on is how to do this. We have a 10'X10' coop and a 12'x19' + 9'x10' run, as well as almost an acre of grazing that can be dedicated just for the chickens. Right now I have 15 chickens; 7 pullets, 7 hens and 1 cockerel. The breeds I have are: White Rock, Partridge Rock, Barred Rock, Rhode Island White, Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire and Black Copper Marans. Can I use my flock to raise chicks in the spring and just harvest the extras we don't want to winter over? I have a tractor I can modify for freedom rangers if I need to, but I was wondering about just keeping a dual purpose flock that replenishes itself. Has anyone kept a mix of breeds like mine and harvested them for meat? I could actually care less about large breasts, I like and prefer dark meat personally on my birds. I just don't know enough about harvesting for meat yet to know if I'm better off ditching the DP flock idea for two separate flocks. I just kind of like the idea of having one large flock rather than separate pens, but I have the space to keep them separate if needed. Any thought or stories of your flocks would be helpful! Thanks!