Hello, fellow BYCers! My name is Zack. I am looking to restart my chicken flock! I am here seeking knowledge and camaraderie in the interest of chickens. Anyway, let me get on with this thread... I have a 13'x15' chicken yard with an elevated coop. There is no roof or top; I want to let sunlight in. The sole purpose of this idea is to breed and raise chickens. I have been researching breeds for a some time now and I have decided on a medium-sized flock of Egyptian Fayoumis (2 roos and 6+ hens). These will be my main focus, and the only breed I will own with roos is this one, to keep lines as pure as possible. I'll focus on flock breeding instead of selected pairs/trios. I want to improve the breed as a whole, or at least my flock. The only problems I have with this breed are: - Not affectionate, actually feral - Don't go broody too often - Exceptional flyers I am thinking to solve these problems like this: 1) This is where the Langshans come in. I have heard that Langshans are affectionate, or at least not wild-like 2) Again, Langshans brood more often, but I'm thinking of getting two Silkie hens to brood these eggs - it's a better idea and much safer bet... Not to mention the extreme friendliness of this breed! Wow! 3) Clip the wings My questions: 1) Can I have these three breeds together? The eggs all look different so I can refrigerate the eggs of the non-focus breeds (In regards to breeding, that is) 2) Will clipping the wings of the Fayoumis make them not able to fly over a roughly 8' fence? 3) How often do I clip wings? 4) Do I separate a broody hen and her eggs, chicks, or what? I am totally clueless when it comes to this area of information 5) Any additional info an all of these breeds - especially the Fayoumis - Will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!