I have a flock of 10 hens and 1 roooster. My question is do I just let them breed this spring if they will? I really wanted some other breeds but am not sure if I want to brood them again or if I could get my hens to help. Also I don't want to over do it for the chickens sake. By the end of summer we will have a new coop built, there are so many options to look at I am just trying to find where I want to go with this. I was thinking since I have Lavender Orpingtons I could use one coop just to breed them. This is my first winter with my flock, I had wanted to add ducks and guineas but don't want to cause too much distress to the chickens. My husband and I talked about if we did get more chicks we would brood them in the garage or in the basement, so it isn't like I can't get more it just I am concerned about how many my current chickens will hatch in the spring or at all this year.