Am planning on 7-8 birds here soon. Will have a hen-house built and a decent run area. Things are going well now but as everyone knows times can change for the worst so I am setting up to be able to get a rooster if I need to to have a supply for meat if needbe. Will roosters only mate with their variety or will they mix and match and is that good or bad for offspring? Don't want messed up chicks if they won't be healthy or whatever due to cross breeding varieties. Clearly I know nothing but am looking to learn. For what it's worth meat production is a last resort type of thing. Won't do it unless I have to.