So I just started a new small farm. We have a total of 11acres but mainly is for our horses and our own places to ride. But I am working on my plans to get started with some chickens this spring. I think I want about 12. If I mix up the breeds, what do I do regarding a rooster? Should I even go for a rooster? I am on the fence with that thought. I am leaning towards the R.I.Reds, Wyandotte's, and Orpington's. I live in Western NY so I need cold hearty and family friendly birds, especially when my Grandkids start playing at the farm. Any words of wisdom out there?