We have 3 roosters (all different breeds) and 21 hens (various breeds). The flock has just all been placed together and the pecking order is finally beginning to emerge. The question I have is about mixing hens with different roosters for hatching. There are certain breeds we would like to continue to raise, and also certain breeds we'd like to mix to sex-link the chicks. For example, our NH Red rooster has several hens who seem to be with him, but we'd like to mix some other hens with him to hatch sex-linked chicks. Also, we have some older easter eggers who we'd like to put with our new lavender splash roo, but they don't seem to be "his hens". Is it possible to mix them up and place them in a different coop/run when we're ready to breed or would it cause a lot of problems? Should we separate them now so that they won't be too mixed up when we get ready to breed. This is only our second year with chickens and we're not sure how to go about mixing up the pecking order for breeding. This past hatch, we just got the luck of the draw. Almost all hatched, but now we've got a better idea of the breeds we'd like for the future. Any advice on this subject would be appreciated!