So we are just beginning on this endeavor in earnest and I want to provide the best guidance possible to the kids. We do want to track hatchings (when hatched) and specific information for the eggs we hatch. We only have 3 pens available to put these marans in so I need to figure out how to divide them to ensure we have the best opportunity for clean reproduction and the best way to band to ensure we keep everything straight. I would assume someone else has already figured out effective methods so there is no real reason for us to struggle through it! Anyone want to share their methods? How would you recommend I set up the pens? I already have an egg layer only pen and a brooder area that is separate. But as they grow up I will want to separate them when they get to move into the "big houses". I expect to have french/english black copper, silver cuckoo, golden cuckoo, and golden salmon marans. So technically 5 different varients. How do I house them in 3 pens? I would expect, until I start test breeding, I could mix the french/english black copper, but what about the silver/golden cuckoo? Thanks.