Aloha! My name is Maia and I'm on the Hilo side of the Big Island. I havent had chickens since I was a teenager and we only had them for eggs... Come December I will be living just north of Hilo and will be getting my little farm started. I plan to buy one rooster and six hens or so each of Rhodeisland Reds, Black Austrolops, Barred Rocks, and Buff Orpingtons... The last in hopes Ill get a few broodies... My idea is to keep all breeds seperate so that I can hatch pure chicks with my broodies. I am thinking of alternating them as far as letting them free range although it would be nice if they could all free range... Ive read about seperating breeds a month before breeding season to guarantee pures but from what ive seen breeding season seems to be whenever since i always see chicks around and the weather is nice and warm year round... Should I just ditch my desire for variety and get just ome breed to make things easier? I picked these breeds not only for looks or sentimental r reasons (i had a sweet ri red growing up, ALWAYS gave double yolks!) but also because their good egg AND meat producers... Mahalo in adance for any input And thanks redsoxs!