I'm downsizing and am very happy with the Orps, all around. The banty's are wonderful, too. But, I keep falling in love with the roo's and now am having a hard time deciding which banty roo to keep. I have an awesome roo that was given to me and now three of his son's. Daddy roo is gentle w/chicks, they lie beneath him when they want a warm nap. I'm taking away his older hens that have stopped laying, leaving the younger 1st yr layers and about 18 banty chicks. I wonder if it will be hard on him to no longer have his fav ladies? Son #1 is a beauty, red roo, his mama hen was a banty BO or BR, he's got a standard comb and seems the wisest of the sons so far. He's the eldest of the boys. Son #2 is also a beauty, looks exactly like his daddy roo except he's got a nice rosecomb as I bred him specifically from a banty wyandotte hen and would like a lot more of her kind Son #3 is out of a GLW hen and the youngest, looks like the GLW with a tiny bit of feathering on his legs from his daddy. I hate to give up any of the four! Which brings me to the other part of my indecision: Why am I trying to breed (mutts) for a specific type of bird when I can start over with purebreds? Where is the common sense in that? Is it because mutts will have/do have a wider gene pool? Because I've ensured they do have that. I'm keeping the standard LF Orps and geese, haven't totally decided on my wonderful ducks yet, its a bit hard on the ducks to be shut inside without water to wash/swim with our long winters but their eggs, size and beauty make it worthwhile to keep them. I thought I'd get out of banty's altogether for a bit but really, they are such awesome birds that I haven't. It seems like I can't really downsize at all...wimping out... I never intended to keep the banty's when they were given to me, for longer than that one summer. Financially I do have to downsize and once inside the coops for the long winter, I cannot keep all the roo's happy. Suggestions? Main banty roo: Son #1: Son #2: (no pic on this computer of the Son #3, sil's laptop has that pic but they just moved into an apartment so will have to get more pics of this beautiful young roo to download on my pc) My idea has been to produce/breed banty or medium sized red/buff Orp/Wyandotte type birds with rosecombs that are not aggressive. Why? There are those breeds already available...am I thinking too hard on this? Will I regret giving up all but a trio? Kicking myself and my toe in the dirt while winter creeps on us daily!