I have 30 straight run chicks coming. Mostly Welsummers, some blue/black Ameraucanas and a few Marans thrown in. I figure minimum 50% will be roosters, with a target of 10 layers of brown and blue eggs. I will be building a 12 by 8 foot coop partitioned into 2 6x8 areas with seperate runs. From talking to another BYC'er the Welsummers sound like calm, tidy birds that don't have a pecking order. Somewhat aloof and self sufficient. Friendly, but do not like to be picked up. She said the roosters are super. Easy on the hens and not too agressive. I have read the marans are robust birds that tend to be more friendly, but also more aggressive towards other birds. I have also read they are not as good of layers as the Welsummers. I have no idea what the rosters are like. I have no idea what the Ameraucanas are like. My neighbors have EE/ameraucanas. Great foragers, and super cold hardy. Seems like they can take even the worst conditions. I have a neighbor that has a mixed flock and every night it sounds like WW3 when they crowd into their little house to roost. This is something I hope to avoid. My questions are: 1. How would you characterize the Ameraucanas? 2. How would you compare the Marans? 3. Would it make sense to keep the roosters seperate from the hens until I can sort it out? I heard if you take a rooster out to breed, the other roosters will tear him up when you put him back. I figure if I keep them all together, I can only keep one roster. I hate the idea of getting rid of all the Americauna and Marans roosters, should I decide to hatch some in the future. Right now the Welsummers are my target breed. I live up in Alaska and it's not like I have ready access to great genetics. Any advice and ideas would be appreciated.