So...I started w/some hatchery birds (RIRs, BOs, BSLs, NHRs, BRs, etc). Went the standard dual-purpose, heavy laying breed route. Then, fell in love w/BLRWs. And then cochins (GL and BBS). Oh, and can't forget the SLWs and GLWs. Have a few Polish b/c DH wants some "cool-looking" chickens. Add to that EEs and Ams and some Marans...and now I want some Orps. I mean, chicken math is one thing, but...I can't seem to stop myself! I was aiming for some 30-40 layers, but now I also want to breed Marans for meat birds, olive-eggers, BLRWs and cochins... I have NO IDEA how some people pick a breed or two and just go with that. My problem is, I like the blues...and the laces. And then I like ones w/cool featherings. Oh, and ones that lay cool-colored eggs are good too. So are good meat birds. Is there some formula that I can create that will make sense? I am to have a free-ranging flock at some point, so there will be multiple roos. I guess I will have plenty of hens to go with them, but... Does it all ever seem like too much? I can't even count them anymore! And I have MORE EGGS coming!